Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - October 25, 2007

Company not guilty of discrimination

In response to your Oct. 6 article on Eagle Alloys, which was doing business as American Eagle Wheel, I would like to correct some misstatements as follows. The EEOC's lawsuit against Eagle Alloys focused solely on alleged retaliation, not race discrimination. Moreover, the alleged racial slur never occurred.

The company stands behind its termination decision regarding Ms. Sanchez. The South Carolina Employment Security Commission supported the company's position that Ms. Sanchez was discharged for cause. The decision to settle the lawsuit was purely an economic one intended to avoid further expense and the unnecessary inconvenience to Eagle Alloys' loyal employees. The settlement documents specifically state that the company makes no admission of any improper conduct. Eagle Alloys is an equal opportunity employer and remains committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination and retaliation of any kind.

Johanna Elbertse

Eagle Alloys


Meeting Obama was inspiring

In August, I wrote an article about Barack Obama and how exciting it was to have someone running for the presidency who makes you feel good about getting involved. I recently volunteered at the rally in Rock Hill for Sen. Obama. I can only reiterate my impressions of this man. In fact, I was speechless. I actually got to shake his hand. Not a pass by and a little shake and thank you. But a strong handshake with eye-to-eye contact and a very sincere "Thank you for your support."

More people have seen that spark in this man. Within hours of sending an e-mail and video from the senator, requesting monetary support, people contributed more than a half-million dollars. At his rally, he spoke of the American Dream and giving it back to Americans. He takes a stand on ending all the game-playing and close-minded thinking in Washington. I believe, along with many other people, this man is not afraid to stand up for what we, as Americans, need, because his needs are the same as ours. His voice is our voice.

I have spoken to many women who have said that it is time for a woman in the White House. Hillary Clinton is a fine woman, respected by many. But to vote for her because she is a woman is not a reason to vote. My first instincts were the same, vote for a woman. But after having the opportunity to actually see Obama in action, hear him in person, the feeling of confidence I am starting to have in this man was strengthened.

All the grass-roots organizations that are springing up to support Obama have seen what they had hoped to see. He has not disappointed anyone. He speaks from his heart, and he's not afraid to admit he might not be able to do everything America needs, but he sure is going to try.

Janet A. Miller

Fort Mill