Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - December 8, 2007

South side of city is kept waiting

As a resident of the south end of Rock Hill, I was terribly disappointed after reading that planned development in this area has come to a halt because road work to ease traffic congestion at S.C. 72 and S.C. 901 is behind schedule. Several citizens even voiced concerns about accidents in this area, which of course is everyone's concern. Accidents occur everywhere in our city, so surely that is no excuse to halt growth. However, if planned development of these roads is no better than the "improved" Saluda Street, then bring on some new ideas, because Saluda Street is one big accident waiting to happen. However, this is not my only reason for writing.

When it comes to the north end of this city, beautification and new projects are full speed ahead. I am grateful for this because I want to live in a city that is growing. However, it is so disheartening to continuously see such little growth in the south end of Rock Hill.

Dreams of a better quality of life for so many citizens in this area still wait as new shopping centers and grocery stores are built elsewhere in the city. A neighborhood center for our children still waits, as soccer fields and playgrounds are built elsewhere, and improvements to Cherry Park flourish.

The quality of life in this city needs to be good for all residents and taxpayers. If anyone can afford the gas, just take a cruise from S.C. 72 and S.C. 901 to the north end of town. Be sure to travel down Saluda Street. Surely the Planning and Zoning Commission had the entire layout of these two highways before ideas were even drawn up for future development.

This is definitely not a "north and south battle" within the city, because the new projects are all so beautiful.

I just wonder what the "true" reasons are for the sudden halt. Once more, the need and desire for growth and beautification at the south end of Rock Hill waits.

Rosa H. Wilson

Rock Hill

One way to deal with sensationalism

I got up Thursday morning and turned on the TV to watch the news. I watched yet another tragedy where a young gunman went to a public place, this time a mall not a school, and started randomly killing people. What alarmed me the most is the note he left behind for his friends and family. He stated that "now I will be famous."

If the national news media would not sensationalize these events, maybe a lot of these gunmen would not commit these awful crimes. By reporting this story, is that helping us in any way? I think they are just trying to get the "best story" and boost their ratings.

Well, I know something I can do about it, and that is to turn the TV off. I am going to try an experiment in my house and declare Wednesdays as no-TV day just to see what difference it makes with my own family. Heck, we might begin to have some fun and enjoy each other's company. Maybe some other people will join us and turn their TVs off one day a week. Think the national news media will report that story?

Mitch Gaulden

Rock Hill