Pearse was treated unkindly
It was sad to read in The Herald that CN2 Anchor Bob Pearse was told that he was no longer employed by the station, effective immediately. I think that was a terrible way to advise him that he no longer had a job, especially since he is only one year from retirement.
I enjoyed Mr. Pearse's way of delivering the news, and he was a very friendly, kind and nice gentleman. He stated in the article that he wished he could have had time to tell his audience of his departure. I believe that Comporium should have given a nine-year employee at least that courtesy.
Yard cart idea needs rethinking
I recently read about the new rolling cart plan for Rock Hill residents in The Herald. While it may have some merit, for me it will not work.
Because of back problems, I am physically unable to lift a full grass bag from the ground to a height of 44 inches to dump my grass clippings into the cart. Now the city says, and I quote: "Carts won't be required, but people cannot put loose yard waste at the curb."
Folks, I read that to mean you must buy the cart, at a cost of $50 or have somewhere on your property where you can dump your grass clippings, sticks, etc. I don't have that option. So what am I supposed to do? The paper said there will be a round of public hearings this month at City Hall. I urge all citizens to contact their representative on the City Council and let them know how you feel about this issue. If at all possible, plan to attend the public meetings. We have elected these people to represent us. Perhaps it's time we spoke out on this issue and the decision that will be made that will affect us all.
Will AOD affect children's health
I live in the Rock Hill airport Overlay District and am very concerned about the additional noise and pollution that will result in the increased number of planes that would be taking off and landing if the runway is extended.
I understand that this has been in the works for 10 years. If so, why were the builders allowed to get permits to build these 1,900 homes? Most of these residents were not even here 10 years ago. I have only lived here for almost two years.
Assuming that there is one child per house, this would mean nearly 2,000 children. Should we not consider them? Will the increased noise result in hearing loss for them? What about the pollution? Cars emit pollution, so do airplanes. Will the increase cause these children to have greater health problems? I think all of York County should be concerned.
Exactly who is to profit? Will more jobs be created, or is it to just line the pockets of a few who already have more than most of these people who will be affected?
Put an end to usurious lending
Approximately a year ago, my family and I relocated to Rock Hill. In the past year, we have learned to love the friendly folk, blue skies and Carolina sunshine.
Recently, I received an unsolicited check in the mail from a company in Mauldin. All I had to do was to deposit the check in my local bank account, and a loan was guaranteed in the amount of the check. The loan offer was not for a lot of money, but it required my second home TV as collateral and was predicated on an interest rate of 38.99 percent.
It appears to me that this is a thinly veiled attempt to draw people in need into a usurious agreement that is both unfair and potentially injurious to those people living on the edge. It is my hope that state legislators will put an end to the practice of usury in all states and put the lenders employing these practices out of business.
If an interest rate of 38.99 percent is not illegal, it should be.
Apparently, we have learned nothing from the subprime mortgage crisis and the need for taxpayer bailouts.
Thomas E. Werner