Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - January 27, 2008

Wrestlers should have been allowed to compete

Thursday night's wrestling match between Rock Hill High School and Fort Mill High School was one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year. Both teams were undefeated in the region and the winning team would claim the championship. There were many hard-fought, close matches, and the fans enjoyed all of the action.

With two matches remaining, Fort Mill had secured the win. The remaining wrestlers from Rock Hill were seniors hoping to "wrestle" their way to a win on Senior Night. Instead, the Fort Mill coach decided to forfeit the last two matches. In my opinion, this was a very selfish and a less than honorable decision.

It seems that the Fort Mill coach thinks it is more important to win than compete. The senior wrestlers from Rock Hill had been warming up and were patiently awaiting their last opportunity to wrestle in a home match in front of their parents, grandparents and friends. What an incredible disappointment for these fine young men.

The decision by the Fort Mill coach was a poor example of sportsmanship, and it taught his own wrestlers the wrong lesson. The act was despicable and heart-breaking for the Rock Hill seniors. While Fort Mill may have won the match, the real winners were the wrestlers on both teams who won or lost the matches the right way ... on the mat. The real loser was the coach who thumbed his nose at the Rock Hill seniors.

Jeff Bowers

Senior

Rock Hill High School

All power plants affected by drought

Contrary to the impression given in the article published in your newspaper Thursday ("Southern drought could force nuke plants to shut down"), all steam-based power plants (coal, nuclear, natural gas) potentially can have their operations affected by drought conditions.

The extent to which readers received a skewed account of the facts is most evident from the article's first sentence, which begins, "Nuclear reactors across the Southeast could be forced to throttle back." In reality, the percentage of electricity produced by coal-fired power plants exceeds the percentage of electricity produced by nuclear power plants in the following Southeast states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Although the Southeast is suffering from drought conditions, the reality is water levels have not significantly impacted the ability of nuclear plants to operate as the most efficient and reliable power plants on the electric grid today. To the contrary, they were instrumental in meeting record electricity demand during the sweltering two-week heat wave last August.

By focusing only on nuclear plants and ignoring this broader context relevant to all steam-cycle power plants, the article rates as a journalistic "F."

Scott Peterson

Vice President

Nuclear Energy Institute

Washington, D.C.

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