Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - November 12, 2007

Heartfelt thanks from a familiar voice

Wow, what a sendoff!

Never in my wildest imagination (which as many of you know is pretty wild) could I ever have dreamed a sendoff as the one you gave Sherry and I this past Friday.

It has taken me a couple of days to take it all in and I'm not done yet. Beginning with the kind words of Lee Bandy this past Wednesday morning, the numerous e-mails and phone calls that followed and then Friday's morning show and the pre-game and football game of that night it really hit me just how special and wonderful you all truly are to me.

Never in my life, have I ever been put on such a pedestal for just trying to do a job to the best of my ability as my parents taught my brothers and me.

Then it began to sink in, this was far more than just a job well done. I actually had an impact on people that I knew and many I'd never met, not by just being a voice on the radio.

To say that I've been blessed is an understatement in so many ways. The people I've worked with have continuously lifted and supported me to heights unimaginable. The kindness, love and support that they and this community have shown me is beyond measure.

I hold and carry each of you in my heart and will carry you everywhere I go. I've always wondered if I ever made my parents proud. I think I know now that as they witnessed the events and tributes in their eldest son's life of this past week, their teachings and guidance were not in vain. I hope I did them proud.

A new set of challenges and adventures await me now and I promise I will strive for excellence in their pursuit. These past eight years will be a tough act to follow, but try I will.

I could never have gotten to this point in my life and career without my beautiful Sherry and all of you.

I will continue to try to serve you well. I will never forget any of you and I promise not to be a stranger to my adopted hometown of Rock Hill, York County or South Carolina.

To the many friends along the way, the many listeners of the morning show on WRHI and the countless listeners of the Friday night football, high school basketball and Winthrop Eagles baseball broadcasts, my success is a tribute and debt to each and every one of you.

I could never have done any of this alone. I will never forget you. God bless you all, for God and all of you have certainly blessed me.

Steven Stone

Rock Hill

Our veterans deserve better

I find it appalling that the Veterans Administration contracts out Mental Health services to a company that apparantly puts profits above our veterans' well being. As a business person, I can understand profit and the desire to grow your business. As a living, breathing human being, I could never put profit above the mental health of another individual, especially a hero who fought to defend our country.

It is apparent that C. R. Associates places profit above our veterans' well being. John Garland is a hero for sacrificing his career for defending veterans he believes in. I commend this counselor for standing up and pointing out an injustice that is being perpetrated on our veterans.

Thank you, veterans, for defending our freedom. Thank you, John Garland, for being a voice for our brave defenders. Shame on you, C.R. Associates, for shortchanging the very men and women that have fought to defend you. Your right to own a business and make a profit has been preserved by the veterans you are shortchanging.

Thank you, veterans.

Joseph A Lee

Rock Hill

Water being wasted in Tega Cay

With water restrictions in place, drive down Chestnut Hill or Shoreline Parkway in the Lake Shore development of Tega Cay and see a number of homes violating local water restrictions by watering their lawns. Yet, no one ever stops them. Why, you ask? Maybe friends of City Council members or police?

Richard Kennedy

Tega Cay