School district is wasting money
The Rock Hill school district will have a big shortage of money due to the tax change. Why waste $1.5 million on turf at the stadium? The upkeep will be more, plus the injuries to the players will increase. Also, why spend $2.5 million on a wrestling building? The school board said this is from interest on the bonds. This should be used for the increase in cost of the new school building projects.
The city of Rock Hill voted to spend millions on a road to a local developers project. The city has spent millions on concrete or torn lanes, planted trees with no water. Now both want more tax dollars.
Seems all of us have had big increases in cost of living. It's time for the city and school board to stop this wasteful spending. The best tax I know of is the Pennies for Progress. Although there has been some waste and cost increases that couldn't be projected, we all use the roads. What would our roads be without this program?
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Charlie E. Fox
Don't judge what you don't know
This letter is for the Inge Smiths of the world. What do you actually know about cockfighting? It really ticks me off when people who know nothing about the sport -- and yes, it is a sport -- try to bash it. It becomes distorted and twisted into something it is not. The people who raise and fight game fowl are not dangerous or vicious people. They take great pride in raising the very best birds possible. Most have no prior criminal records and see cockfighting as a hobby, not a blood sport or a way of financial gain.
The stereotype that has been placed on cockfighters is way off base. They have been tagged as drug-dealing, redneck hoodlums. For the most part, this is not true. Most breeders and fighters are upstanding members of the community. They are the type of people who would give you the shirt off their back. I guess my point is, if you don't know what you are talking about, just don't talk.
To the people who think that it is cruel or inhumane to fight gamecocks, chickens are mass produced for us to eat. Thousands are packed into the houses at a time. They are given steroids, hormones and other growth agents to make them grow to maturity in a matter of months. They walk around in inches of their own waste. That is inhumane!
No matter what any of us do, we cannot change the temperament of a gamecock. It is in their nature to fight. This begins at a young age and continues throughout their lives. Unless they are properly cared for by people who understand the birds, they have but one fate. Why not give them a fighting chance and let the judging be left to the only truly righteous one?
City doesn't own mall parking spots
I am amazed by the recent letter from John T. Peterson. He was upset that when he parked his car in a private parking lot reserved for customers of a little shopping center off Cherry Road, he was threatened with the towing of his car.
First of all, this is private parking for staff and customers of this mall, and parking is limited. This is not the Galleria where an extra car or two would not be noticed; this is a little shopping center, and parking is at a premium.
Mr. Peterson recognized this and parked there anyway. He took parking from the shops depending on customers for their livelihood. He stole income from these venders. When he bought his tickets to the game, he knew he had to park somewhere and chose to park illegally to keep from being inconvenienced by the horrid traffic at Winthrop. He knew the parking would be bad and chose not to arrive early enough to avoid this situation.
When one comes to Winthrop for any reason, one realizes that Winthrop spends money to buy land, build and maintain parking lots. Therefore, people who park must pay for this privilege, and most don't mind. By the same token, when a shopping mall is built, land must be purchased, parking lots built and maintained. This is not free, and you should be towed when you park in a private parking lot without permission.
This parking lot is not owned by Winthrop or the city of Rock Hill, so why should you expect the shops to subsidize your ticket to the game by giving up revenue so you could avoid a bit of frustration?
If you cannot be considerate of the people trying to make an honest living, stay home. I am sure Winthrop Eagles will not miss the little bit of support that you give them.