Women's Caucus works to save lives
The 15 women who serve in the South Carolina General Assembly have joined together as a caucus to raise the awareness of the importance of early screening for breast and cervical cancer. This caucus has requested that funds be set aside to support the Best Chance Network.
The South Carolina Best Chance Network currently screens nearly 9,000 women each year, but this reaches less than 10 percent of eligible women in our state. Currently, this screening program gets by on federal funds, but the Women's Caucus believes it is time to supplement the federal funds with a state commitment.
"With a $2 million appropriation, we would double the women who would have access to these potentially lifesaving services," Rep. Cathy B. Harvin, D-Clarendon and Williamsburg, said. "As a South Carolina legislator, I have seen firsthand how breast cancer impacts our communities and our people. More than 3,000 South Carolina women will be diagnosed this year with breast or cervical cancer. While these cancers are fairly evenly distributed among women of all ages, races and incomes, access to screening and medical care for these diseases is not. The grim truth is that racial and ethnic minorities, low-income women and those with little or no health insurance are less likely to receive appropriate care and more likely to die."
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The critical difference between surviving or succumbing to breast cancer is access. Rep. Harvin states: "We need to close the gaps in access to quality care that make these cancers deadlier for some women."
State Sen. Linda Short
County should fight landfill
After reading the article in Sunday's paper about the proposed Greeneagle C&D landfill, I find myself up in arms. In the article, Mr. Taylor says that his company is "... asking (York County) to do what's right." Is it right for Greeneagle to continue with its plans against the wishes of the people of York County?
The members of the county council are elected to represent the interests of their constituents. If the people of the county do not wish to see a construction debris landfill in their county, then it is the job of elected officials to prevent one from being built.
Many people over the past year have sounded off on this topic. Personally, I have a better reason than most for wanting to see the project ended. The proposed site is across the road from my driveway. I'm watching something happen that my forefathers, the Walker and Tempelton families, would never have tolerated. The land is the only thing we have left to pass on to our children. In today's society we sacrifice so much in the name of progress. Must we now sacrifice the heritage and health of our children in the name of money?