Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - December 6, 2007

Support helped family get through wildfire

I wish to thank my Rock Hill friends and family from the bottom of my heart for all of the calls and concern during the fire out here last month. My cell phone was practically fused to my ear, and my mom, brothers and sisters all told me about friends I hadn't seen in years asking if we were OK. My family and I appreciate it more than I can tell you.

I have caught myself a lot lately saying that we were very "lucky" not to have had our house burn down, considering how close the fire came, but the fact is I have known for a long time that I am not lucky, but rather incredibly blessed. In the past few weeks I've talked to people who have lost everything, and it's not the ones who lost their homes with no insurance for whom I feel the most sympathy. The people I am most sad for are those who went through it alone, and they are in great numbers. Everyone doesn't have the incredible family and friends that I have, and most do not have a Rock Hill in their lives.

I have now lived exactly half of my life in San Diego, but I would like for you all to know that whenever I'm asked about my birthplace, I am always proud to call myself a native Rock Hillian. Thank you again for everything, for giving me a great life story and for continuing to be the Rock in my life. I love you all.

Albert Adickes

San Diego, Calif.

City should fix leaks

I was just watching a news story about our continued water problems, including an interview with a representative of the Rock Hill Utility Department. As he was talking about increased water restrictions and fines, I was reminded of the water main leak on Heckle Boulevard near Saluda Street that has been leaking for well over a month now.

Shouldn't the city be fined for wasting thousands of gallons of water by ignoring this leak? Not to mention the damage to the roadbed. I wonder each time I drive through this water if I will be the car to fall in the sink hole.

Ron Thompson

Rock Hill