New waste bins make no sense
I am totally opposed to the city's new idea that residents have to buy another large trash can for $50 to hold our small amount of yard/lawn waste, but yet to hold all our larger recyclable garbage we get free small, little "bins." Does this make sense?
On collection day, a large vacuum truck comes by and sucks up the clippings. No one has to get out of the truck to do the work, it just vacuums it up and its gone. But our recyclables sit in tiny, open bins that have to be emptied by manpower. The poor worker has to drive up, stop the truck, get out, pick up the bins (and anything that has spilled over because of the weather or stray animals) sort it and then proceed to the next house. Wouldn't it make more sense to have the recyclables in the large containers and the grass at the curb?
Who's going to sort the recyclables? Let the prison inmates do it!
And $50 for a garbage can? Come on!
Make education a funding priority
As a student attending Winthrop University, I understand what it is like not to have adequate funding. I learned today that my tuition is being raised again this year just as it has risen for the past two years. When I first enrolled, my tuition and fees were approximately $9,500 per year. Currently, my tuition and fees are approximately $11,060 per year. These figures, of course, do not show the other expenses that have risen during the same time period (food, lodging, gas, books and supplies).
I am a recipient of a Life Scholarship, which takes care of $5,000 of college costs per year. I am thankful for this, and strive to keep my grade point average above 3.0 in order to keep this scholarship. However, as other costs have increased, Life Scholarships money unfortunately has not. For me, this means larger loans, as well as increased part-time working hours.
As higher education costs continue to rise, I fear that fewer people will be able to attend college simply because it will become less and less affordable. It would seem reasonable to believe that the government would be more concerned with making education a top funding priority simply because the people in school now will be those running our country in the near future.
Couple's gesture was moving
On the eve of the Fourth of July, I had a heart-warming experience. I was doing what I have done every year sense I was old enough, I was shopping. I am 76 years old, and had told my 6-year-old granddaughter, my little princess, that we would go shopping together. However, this year I am unable to properly ambulate. Both my knees have been replaced and, along with terrible back pain, I am greatly limited in my ability to do so. In fact, walking is almost nil. But want-ing so badly to go shopping, and having my granddaughter, C.J, go with me, I had to try.
Upon entering Wal-Mart, I saw they had riding chairs for people with walking disabilities. All right, my problems, I thought, were solved. The only one available, though, had a dead battery. My spirits began dropping again.
My little princess looked up at me and said, "I will help you walk, by holding your hand, Paw-Paw. Remember, you told me that a person could do, almost, any thing if they tried hard enough, and believed."
So, with a cane in one hand, and my little princess holding the other, off to shopping we went. However, at the jewelry counter, I began drooping badly and hurting so, that I was about to ask her to leave. At that time, a disabled husband, and his wife, came riding up in separate chairs. I asked if they knew of any other chairs and the man said no, but he offered me his, saying they were heading to check out, and that he could walk that far. After wishing me God's blessing's he left, barely walking better than myself.
I thought: This is what Christianity is all about, caring and sharing. I know that one day that man and I will be walking, without pain, in Heaven; we will be walking, tall and upright. We will be walking with Jesus Christ.
Was age a factor in Pearse firing?
In regard to the way they let Bob Pearse go from CN2, I always thought he did a good job and very pleasant and always smiling.
I guess age becomes a factor with managers and companies.
I, for one, was let go from my job after 32 years of dedicated service with a two-day notice. Lost my insurance and could not get any in 30 days.
I feel if you are able to work, age should not matter. I agree some would be at risk.
I did more work in eight hours than some do all week. I worked with young people, and they needed a break. Had to go smoke, talk to friends on the cell phone on company time. That I never did.
I just want to say I feel Bob Pearse and I got too old to cut the mustard. I knew him very well from WBTV. He is a very nice man.
Mary A. Kelly
Turkey farm shouldn't expand
This is in response to the article on July 8 regarding the turkey farm proposal. I am one of the residents opposed to the expansion.
I wanted to make sure it is understood that this is not just a family farm. This is one of Circle S Industrial Franchise System farms. This is part of a business that states it has over $150 million a year in sales. This is big business moving into our rural communities and dictating our quality of life.
I, for one, am concerned for many reasons, but the watershed is at the top of my list. Per the EPA, our watersheds are ranked Level 4 on a scale of 5 for fecal coliform.
Just know that this is big business using money to force itself on the community. The state government has already taken control from county government in response to lobbyist demands. We must stand and say, "No more." As Americans, we must stand for our communities' rights of self determination.