Coroner's office is investigative post
As a York County voter, this is a response to candidate Sabrina Gast's recent quote in your paper. Ms. Gast stated that she was most qualified for the job of coroner because she has a medical background, as a nurse.
It is my understanding that the coroner's office is as an investigative post and not a medical position. A coroner's investigative skills are much more important than medical skills in that position. Should the coroner need any medical services, he or she may turn to staff or to a private contractor, and that is how the office has been conducted in the past.
Pete Skidmore's occupation as a private investigator gives him a better skill set for this important position.
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Zan B. Baity
Lee works for good of county
Our family's choice for York County Council District 7 is Rick Lee. We met Mr. Lee several years ago at our neighborhood meeting. He was speaking at the meeting, and we were very impressed. Since then, we have come to know Rick and what he stands for.
He is a dedicated family man with four upstanding children, a wife who stands behind him 100 percent and friends who think he is No. 1. Rick has been on council for eight years. We think he has worked diligently for the good of York County.
He supports improvements to our roads, protecting the environment, and he practices what he preaches. He is available to his constituents at all times. Never have we called him that he did not answer or get back to us in a timely manner. He takes time to ride his bike around the neighborhoods, and stops in and talks about concerns residents may have.
Rick wants to continue defending our water rights in the fight over the Catawba River with North Carolina, offer speed bumps to neighborhoods with cut-through traffic, and balance next year's budget. Knowing Rick, he will do what he says he will do.
Joanne and Charles Collins
Obama-Biden ticket offers positive change
I am a Winthrop University student and an avid supporter of the Democratic Party. What makes me sad is the constant reminder that South Carolina is a red state and defined as part of "GOP Country." However, this election year I cannot help but notice the number of Barack Obama bumper stickers and T-shirts I have seen around both my hometown of Columbia and here in Rock Hill. I know that visual support is not directly correlated to voter turnout, but the increase in those who are enthusiastic about Obama does give me hope that Obama can win South Carolina and, ultimately, the United States.
Barack Obama is exactly what this country needs: tax cuts for the middle class; environmental protection; an end to the war in Iraq; health care and education reform; ensuring the security of Social Security; saving the nation's economy and creating jobs.
America cannot risk four more years under the Republican Party. After eight years under President Bush, the country has entered into two wars that have yet to end or simply make progress. The nation's economy is in the hole with the recent stock market crash and ever-growing rate of unemployment. Millions of Americans are refused health care because they cannot afford or qualify for insurance. Budget cuts to public education have caused schools to operate with the bare minimum of what is needed to teach this nation's children. The tuition for Winthrop University is higher than for any other public college in the state.
The American people cannot risk the politics of John McCain and the inexperience of Sarah Palin in the White House. Barack Obama and Joe Biden symbolize change for the better.
Don't run from the blue lights
In regard to the trooper acquitted for hitting the 15-year-old in Greenville: What about the danger he caused the community while running from the police in a car chase? Could he have had a weapon? What was his reason for running in the first place?
Only a criminal mind with intention to break the law would run from police and deserves to be stopped using force, so as not to hurt anyone else who might cross their path. Anyone with decent upbringing and common sense says, "Stop when there are blue lights behind you."
Don't run from the police. Act like you have some sense, and these things would not happen in the first place. God bless the ones who protect and serve!
Owning a pet is big responsibility
I am a dog owner. My dog is kept with me the majority of the time in our home. When I cannot be with her, she has a covered outdoor kennel with a dog house, food and water. If the weather is not conducive, she has a safe place inside our home. She wears a collar only for identification and to attach her leash for walks. Never is she chained out for any reason. It seems like common sense to me.
Owning a pet is a time consuming, sometimes expensive responsibility that should be taken seriously. Why people own pets that they rarely interact with is beyond me. I suppose it's part of our freedoms, to have a dog simply because you can, or because it was cute when it was a puppy. Then when you're tired of it, it goes in the backyard on a lead, where it barks and cries for attention all night long. Interestingly, the owners never hear it, though the neighbors do.
It seems that every time people show such lack of common sense, there is a decision made to create yet another unenforceable set of regulations. This is the case with the proposed tethering of animals. Just how will this be enforced? Is Animal Control able to patrol 24/7 in every corner of York County? Regulations can not force pet owners to practice common sense.
Where did district get its figures?
While I applaud the Rock Hill school district's drive to aid hungry pupils, I have to question the data they are using to come to the conclusion that 1,117 elementary students don't eat a full meal between Friday and Monday, and the belief that at least 400 elementary students are undernourished.
Did school district personnel speak to the parents of the 1,117 elementary students they plan to provide food for? What medical data, if any, determined that 400 elementary students are undernourished? How many elementary students who need help are not receiving the help they need because they were not chosen for this program?
Don't turn nation over to radicals
Are we going to stand by and see our country turned over to a bunch of proven radicals? It looks like John McCain is so afraid of being called a racist that he won't even tell the American people the truth about Barack Hussein Obama.
It is not racism to tell the truth. The fact that Obama is black, on his father's side, is what the radicals and people like George Soros have been riding to the top of this campaign on. Soros spent millions of dollars on the last two elections, and he will go broke, gladly, if it means getting Obama and Democrats into the White House.
The media has everyone afraid to say anything about Obama. McCain is a nice guy and doesn't want to be labeled as anything else. For heaven's sake, I am an old man with very little motor skills left, but my brain is still working, at least 75 percent of it. Main Street America needs to know all there is to know about the man they are about to put into office.
Obama has enough garbage on him to stop him from even being elected dog catcher.
Lee has done a lot for Rock Hill
People in the heart of Rock Hill sometimes pay more attention to city elections than county races, but our seat on York County Council for District 7 is very important. Our incumbent county council member, Rick Lee, has demonstrated this many times over the past several years. He worked hard to get many of Rock Hill's streets resurfaced, including several in and around our East Town Neighborhood. He teamed with Kevin Sutton at the city to preserve as permanent open green space 14 acres behind Colonial and Confederate streets.
Mr. Lee has been very effective securing county funding for worthwhile purposes here in Rock Hill. This includes getting the tax increment district established for the bleachery, the restoration of our landmark White House, as well as buying property for the County Emergency Management offices off Black Street. As a resident of Rock Hill, I have seen firsthand the importance and effectiveness of this County Council seat. It's just as important that we re-elect Rick Lee to continue his hard work on behalf of everyone in York County.
Mulvaney has conservative record
I support Mick Mulvaney for state Senate because of his record as my state representative. Many claim to be "fiscally conservative." Mr. Mulvaney really is. He is recognized as one of the top conservative legislators in the state.
As a small business owner, he knows what it takes to grow the economy and keep it strong. He gets the connection between healthy pro-business climate that benefits us all, while his opponent continues to preach about misguided liberal policies that do more harm than good.
When our state Legislature tried to sneak itself a huge backdoor pension increase, it was Mulvaney who forced a recorded vote, and suddenly, everyone was against it. He has been a proven leader that has the ideas and the guts to be our next state senator.