Is there hope for chained dogs?
I totally agree with Inge A. Smith's recent letter. The problem is that very little, if anything, will be done about chained dogs, unless the mayor and a majority of city council members are great animal lovers. I know nothing of city politics, but even if the city would consider such a law, there comes the bickering of who should enforce the law. The city police department is understaffed as it is and has not been given much-needed funds for additional manpower and equipment. Further bickering would come from deciding how many enforcement officers would be required and where the needed funds would come from. Heaven forbid if a small tax increase would be required.
And what about the citizens of Rock Hill? How many of them are true animal lovers and not just giving lip service to this issue? Would it help to take up a petition?
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Obama has good energy proposal
As gas prices continue to rise and Big Oil again reports billions of dollars in quarterly profits, it's time to choose a president who offers a real energy strategy. Barack Obama's plan is just that, and it gives relief to hard-working American families.
Instead of continuing the billions of dollars in tax cuts for Big Oil like John McCain is proposing, Obama proposes a $1,000 tax cut for working families (paid for by taxes on Big Oil's profits) and a $150 billion investment in renewable energy sources, which will create up to 5 million new jobs and billions of dollars in new business.
We can't drill our way out of high gas prices. Barack Obama's plan will help families, boost the economy and reduce our dependence on oil.
Firefighters worked to save home
On July 8, our family's home was struck by lightning and burned. Our family was on vacation when we received the call to come home. What a blessing it was that we were not at home at the time of the fire and are all safe.
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful job the Rock Hill firefighters did. All but one fire station in Rock Hill responded, and the other was busy on another call. The firefighters worked very hard in very dangerous conditions. As they worked diligently to put out the fire, they also tried to save some of our irreplaceable items (pictures and photo albums).
They brought these items out and gave them to family and friends who had gathered to help in any capacity. These were saved because of an enormous effort on the firefighters' part. These men went over and above the call of duty that night!
When we arrived (more than four hours later), the firemen met us to express their sorrow that they could not have done more to save our home. In our eyes, they did all and more that they could do. We are very appreciative to these firefighters for their hard work! Also, thank you to our friends and family for all their support during this difficult time.
The Long family