Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - August 7, 2008

Now is a great time to register to vote

What a great idea on how to organize a voter registration drive. This is in reference to William "Bump" Roddey's idea of having a citywide voter registration drive here in Rock Hill, getting churches, businesses, civic organizations and individuals to get involved all at once.

This brings awareness and provides others opportunities to get involved. Businesses can show to the community that they not only care about your business, but also show that they care about our city, our state, and our nation. Service organizations can take advantage of the opportunity to get back out in the community by working a booth or providing volunteers to Roddey. Churches can be used as an outlet to reach out to its members, friends, and surrounding neighborhoods about getting involved.

I personally will be donating my time to Bump by working a booth for him. Also, my motorcycle club, Shades of Essences, will be setting up a booth and working it at our Back-to-School Supply Giveaway on Sunday at Friedheim Park (also known as Sunset Park).

I'm challenging any other club or service organization in the area to sponsor a booth at your event. This is a great effort by Mr. Roddey, and I hope that if you are not registered to vote, that you take time to do so from now through Aug. 10 or from Sept. 22 through 28. See you at the polls.

Jonnetta Simpson

Rock Hill

Public education is foundation of our nation

Mojo enjoys an early Sunday morning routine. He stretches a bit, laps up a dish of decaf water, goes for a brief walk to check out the weather and to do his part to relieve the drought. Finally, he picks up the Sunday paper. He lies on the sofa and surveys the news of the day. Usually, he merely whines at disturbing news or woofs at something he likes. This past Sunday, he growled. Mojo is not a growler. I went to the sofa. Mojo pointed (he's a pointer) at an article and an editorial detailing the scary story of how a rich New Yorker, ironically named Howard Rich, is flooding South Carolina with cash in order to elect state legislators who agree with him that taxpayer money, public money, should go to private schools in the form of vouchers. According to campaign disclosure forms, Rich and his family members, through companies with the same address, have given more than $350,000 to various candidates. Multiple companies -- the paper reported 21 -- located at 75 Spring St. in New York City, are used because a single entity can give no more than a $1,000 during an election cycle.

Rich is not breaking the law. However, it seems to me that all of us, regardless of party affiliation need to worry about a person from out of state who seems to be experimenting with South Carolina politics.

The writer of the editorial described a meeting between the chair of the state Republican Party and Rich. According to the editorial, Rich thinks that public schools are inherently inferior to private schools. That same editorial reports his saying that "he and his groups are not going away."

No wonder Mojo growled. York County has great public schools. I'm a volunteer coach at Northwestern High, and Mojo and I have watched young men and women develop scholastically, morally, socially and athletically. One of the women runners Mojo watched develop received a full scholarship from Georgia Tech, where she will continue her athletic career while earning a degree in civil engineering.

Mojo understands that public education for everyone is a foundation of our nation. We are not a nation of the elite, for the elite and by the elite. A little dust-up in 1776 decided that.

Our public education system is under attack, and we had better start growling about it, just like Mojo.

Jim Watkins and Mojo

Chairman, York County Democratic Party

Children's feelings should be acknowledged

I recently read a letter from a lady speaking about how rude people are these days.

I fully agree with her. I had an experience myself in our town.

Two weeks ago, my husband, our 16-month-old daughter and I were at a local restaurant. Two elderly couples sat next to us.

My daughter turned around in her high chair and said, "Hey," speaking to the gentleman sitting at the table. He turned around and threw her a dirty look and rolled his eyes.

My daughter speaks to people. She is only a toddler. He could of had the decency to speak back. My daughter had the expression of "Why, mommy?" People need to realize kids have feelings, even the young. She only wanted a "hey" back.

So, if you're out in public and a child speaks to you, say "hey" back. It is only the right thing to do.

Jane Hollingsworth

Rock Hill

Animal control rules should be re-evaluated

As a new resident to York County, it has come to my attention that there seems to be a problem with the standards that Rock Hill and York County have for animals.

I have read in the past few months at least three different stories surrounding animal cruelty; however, the most troubling is the 13 pit bulls that are being returned to their owner. Call me crazy, but the one of the paragraphs in the article started off with, "A dozen dogs lacked adequate shelter and were restrained by logging chains."

If this is not a red flag, I do not know what is. My first encounter with animal control was when I reported a dog. This dog was chained to a small tree (not adequate for shade) with a travel crate in which it had to sleep. Travel crates are full of holes and do not keep out the elements. He had no water, and this was during the past winter when it was in the teens at night. I reported the dog, and when I checked back was told by animal control he was within the guidelines.

What kind of guidelines allow this? Maybe we need to re-evaluate what exactly is on record as minimum requirements for pets. I agree with Alicia Schwartz: This sheds a bad light on Rock Hill and Your County. Maybe citizens should unite and change these standards.

Toni Wooldridge

Lake Wylie

Family thanks those who helped in time of tragedy

We would like to thank all of the persons who worked so hard to help during the time of Ronnie W. Cairnes, Sr.'s death on July 9.

We especially want to thank all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, coroner, and others that we don't know about. We know that we probably have missed thanking someone, but we want you to know that you are appreciated in more ways than you know.

Ronnie was a true treasure and had many friends. He was always the same person, no matter when you saw him. When Ronnie loved you, there was no doubt in it.

Again thank you for all the prayers, cards, food, visits, calls, etc. Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.

Joyce Sumners, Raymond, David, Michael Cairnes,

Estelle Cairnes, Ronnie Jr. and Chuck Cairnes

Linda Cairnes Stegall