Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - December 19, 2007

What will Dave Lyle extension really cost?

How will the proposed $120 million expansion of Dave Lyle Boulevard affect you?

Real estate developers, hedge fund managers and a few corporate CEOs may stand to make millions while the rest of us get the news when the deal is done. Eminent domain can be twisted and used to destroy farms, build big-box stores or just about anything.

What if $120 million was spent on preventing the exploitation of our natural resources, supporting our local citizens into meaningful work, recycling, and enforcing current county and city codes?

Why would a politician in Charleston care if Dave Lyle Boulevard is expanded? Is his endorsement more important than, say, Betty Rankin's? I am glad to read that there is going to be a feasibility study done on the economic impact of the proposed Dave Lyle Boulevard extension, because I sense something, and it smells like rotten fish.

Recently, there was a sewage leak into Fishing Creek that occurred 30 hours before anything was done due to an electrical outage. I treasure life in all forms and think it is deplorable that this was allowed to happen. Can someone pay a fine and make up for life lost? No. It is obvious our local infrastructure is not ready and solid enough to dedicate to this unimperative need.

We need to find out how this proposed road extension is going to improve the quality of our life. How much is it really going to cost?

Sarah Cholewinski

Rock Hill

Winthrop separating itself from community

This Monday, Dec. 17, marked the first week that Winthrop's Dacus library was be closed to me and thousands of other local readers. Of the major public university libraries in South Carolina, only Winthrop's effectively bars community members from making use of its services. Winthrop University should be ashamed of this public relations oversight. It is disgraceful that a public university would close its doors to its supporting public, even if it is afraid of them.

Aside from enrolling in Winthrop, there are a few ways by which I may access Dacus. Since the Friends of Dacus Library program is fairly costly, my two options were narrowed to one: The library Web site indicates that I can get into the library by submitting an official request application for the conduct of approved research.

If my request is approved, I can get a scheduled appointment to use the library, 24 hours later. If Dacus decides that my research design is not valid, I take my notebooks and pens elsewhere, to smaller or non-research libraries. Without a Winthrop I.D. card, I must now endure a rather inconvenient, if not humiliating, process anytime I have the urge to read through real pages of print; forced to divulge my private interests and academic passions to public employees, who may or may not let me into their building. I am not outraged out of inconvenience, but out of principle.

This is a move toward further separating Winthrop from Rock Hill. It is unprecedented among other large public university libraries in our state, some of which are located in far more dangerous places than Dacus. Most importantly and finally, it is an affront to the spirit of lifelong academic engagement. My family and I are sure going to miss Dacus. How long must we wait for the cocoon surrounding Winthrop to crack?

Brian Reburn

Rock Hill