Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - June 28, 2008

Pearse got a dirty deal

We just read in The Herald that CN2 anchorman Bob Pearse had no job with them any longer. They called him after the show and told him he was fired only a year to his retirement. That was dirty. What a shame.

I will miss Bob Pearse and his daughter Christy Knight with the dogs and cats. They were a joy to see always a smile on their faces everywhere you saw them. So CN2 wants a younger man, so they just dump an older man. A man that helped CN2 get started nine years ago. Well, our TV will not be on CN2 any more if that is the way they treat older people, because we are in that group.

Bo and Judy Burgess

Fort Mill

Some vaccines can be tainted

I do not have an anti-vaccine position but rather I'm pro vaccine safety. If vaccines are going to be used, they simply must be used more wisely and cautiously so innocent infants are not sacrificed and killed.

You might not be aware that 6,000 infants die every year in the U.S. alone from vaccines. As if this weren't tragic enough, the manufacturers have the system rigged by previously manipulating the government to provide complete and absolute protection from lawsuits.

They have zero responsibility for any harm, damage or deaths they cause. The only resource in the U.S. is for a parent to claim damages from the Vaccine Compensation Act, which is virtually impossible to collect on. But even with these rigid, nearly impossible restrictions, over $1.5 billion dollars have been paid out to families of children in the U.S. who were injured or killed by vaccines.

So, if you are a parent, you simply must research this issue for yourself and refuse to blindly accept what your pediatrician or other health expert is claiming. There are many resources out there, and one of the best places to start is the National Vaccine Information Center at www.909shot.com.

Dr Steven J. Kamego

Rock Hill

Golfer gives hope to regular folks

Two weeks ago, golf fans (and many others who wouldn't necessarily call themselves that) were treated to one of the most exciting U.S. Open matches played in recent years. For many, the outcome may never have been in doubt. Tiger Woods, who will undoubtedly be hailed as the greatest golfer of the 21st century and likely the greatest of all time, won his 14th major championship.

Woods battled a painful knee, along with the normally difficult conditions of a U.S. Open championship course. His determination in winning this tournament, over five rounds and one sudden-death playoff hole, is admirable and speaks volumes about his will to win. This is the story that many of us have read over the past several days, but it falls short of being the best story of the weekend. That belongs to Rocco Mediate.

Mediate, a journeyman golfer who hasn't won a PGA tournament in six years, almost didn't make it to the Open. Like many other aspirants, he had to go through a series of qualifying rounds simply to gain admission. At 45 years old, his prime playing days are behind him, and while he may make a very comfortable living on tour for the next several years, his chances of winning a major championship are slim. The fact that he was the man who faced Tiger down over four rounds of regulation play, a playoff round and a sudden-death hole before finally succumbing to the indominable force that is Tiger Woods makes not only a great golf story but also a great story of inspriration.

Perhaps this was just a golf tournament, but occassionally we're treated to an event that by its nature is a positive affirmation that sometimes, with the right heart and the right attitude, we can get to the mountain top, and that if we fall slightly short, then the effort was worthwhile. In a world inundated with the constant negativity of war, economic frustration, natural disaster and, for us here in York County, the simple inability to water our lawns, a story like this needs to be relished. If you consider that, had the ball moved a few slight inches differently at some point during the championship, we might be celebrating our new U.S. Open champion, Rocco Mediate, then it makes you believe that today may be the day we're able to go out and slay a few giants of our own.

Jeff Creech

Rock Hill

Other children deserve their moment

Why all the uproar over graduation? Because it should be dignified service. I think it us absurd that we have to teach other adults how to act! Yes, I have five children nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Thank God that I know to dress neatly, sit quietly and congratulate mine after the ceremony. It's only fair that the child next in line has his or her time. It's called consideration for others.

Frances McGuirt

Rock Hill