Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - June 10, 2008

Peaches aren't as sweet

I read the quote about the greatest things about York County-grown peaches, but there is no longer the same joy. Local peaches are sold unripe to the point of being so green they are as hard as baseballs. You must take them home, put them out on your counter to ripen and wait.

The trouble is, they never really ripen. Some rot before ripening, and the ones that soften cannot compare with a tree-ripened peach. After being so disappointed for the last several years, I no longer look forward to the peach season. When I was a kid, the peach season in this area was a very big deal, but the deal now is all about profit. Enough said.

Diane Wright

Rock Hill

Bob Pearse got raw deal

I read in the newspaper where CN2 news let Bob Pearse go because of his age. That is wrong. The person who came up with that should be let go.

The American people don't have a leg to stand on anymore. We, the people in the U.S., better wake up and take a stand on this matter and protest our rights.

Larry Gregory

Rock Hill

Candidates should be doing something now

Doesn't it seem stupid when the candidates running for the office of president of United States are now active members of the Senate, with the power of making laws, even able to override the president if necessary and with the whole nation suffering with the raising of the cost of living, especially gas?

And they aren't doing anything visible about it, but are going around the country campaigning, begging for campaign funds, when people can't even afford the necessities to live a normal life with the economy as it now exists. So, how can we believe in any promises that they are promising to do. We need something now.

Alfred Boltin

Fort Mill

We need local smoking ban

The effort to raise taxes on tobacco products was thwarted simply by a few strokes of Gov. Mark Sanford's pen and congressional failure to override that veto. This showed a lack of resolve to confront the No. 1 preventable public health problem and cause of death in America -- the use of tobacco. The importance of the tax increase was not just about raising money for the state coffers or penalizing smokers. Rather, the real value of a tax increase would have been as a deterrent to youth starting smoking and an incentive for smokers to quit.

While the effort to improve the health of South Carolinians has stalled for now, the citizens of York County have another option to reduce the public health problem of secondhand smoke. We can insist that our elected officials enact an ordinance to ban smoking in all public places. Since the South Carolina Supreme Court has upheld the right of local governments to pass and enforce secondhand smoke ordinances, there is no legal impediment to enact clean indoor air legislation.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, "the scientific evidence is indisputable. Secondhand smoke is not a mere annoyance. It is a serious health hazard that can lead to premature death in children and nonsmoking adults." The report further states that "there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure."

Many articles have been written and opinions published. The time for action is now. Please ask your elected officials to pass a true "Clean Air Act" by enacting a smoking ban in all public places.

Michael Laughlin, MD

Rock Hill