Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - November 3, 2008

Powers Norrell walks the walk

I am a retired Lancaster County teacher, and I urge you to vote for Mandy Powers Norrell for state Senate. Mandy not only talks the talk, she walks the walk.

Mandy is the only candidate who has walked the hallways of our public schools as a student and as a parent.

Mandy is the only candidate who has walked the floors of Springs Grace Bleachery as a summer employee working her way through college. She has walked alongside our neighbors who are now looking for jobs due to the plant closures and layoffs caused by "free trade."

Mandy is the only candidate who has walked in the shoes of our neighbors and friends who are struggling to save their homes from foreclosure and to pay basic bills.

Mandy is the only candidate who has walked the walk regarding abortion. Mandy has volunteered for Lancaster's Pregnancy Care Center for the past six years, helping to reduce the number of abortions locally. When have you ever heard of another candidate who has rolled up her sleeves and done as much real work for such a cause?

Our area and our state need a woman who can walk the walk in the state Senate.

Roberta Moon

Liberty Hill

It's time we all were treated the same

I am sitting here, at my computer, looking at an ancient photograph of myself and Virginia Shelton standing in front of the old house on Coker Avenue in Knoxville, Tenn. The photo is about 47 years old. It has to be because the boy in the photo can't be more than 4. We are holding hands, or perhaps I should say she is holding mine. I stand with the other hand behind my back wearing an impish grin and a look of incurable mischief that portends my future misspent youth. Virginia is tall, wearing a plain, brown dress, and she is very black. She looks tired. Perhaps, she had been chasing an overactive 4-year-old.

In a technical sense, Virginia worked for us, but in a broader sense she was one of us. She lived in the other bedroom of our two-bedroom home. She ate with us, tucked us kids in at night, woke us up in the morning and did everything with us except go to church.

We were Catholic. "Sister" Shelton went to the missionary Baptist church out on Millertown Pike, just East of Knoxville. She would take me on occasion. It was a lively church, and the Rev. and Mrs. Breedlove were gentle, optimistic people. Their flock adored them.

My brother, Steve, was old enough to be in school, but I was still at home. I went everywhere Virginia did. We traveled on foot because Mama had the only car at work. Some days, we would walk about a mile over a very large, steep hill down to Cecil Street to visit Miss Elviney. Miss Elviney was well into her 90s and couldn't get out herself. The ladies would sit on the porch of her house at the junction of Cecil and Cherry streets and rock and talk while I played on the floor.

Other days, we would walk down to the Broadway Shopping Center to get candy or trinkets. Mama caught up with us about halfway up the hill toward home one time, and she snapped a picture of the two of us, both with suckers in our mouths wearing Indian headdresses and big grins.

Sometime in 1961 or '62, I asked Virginia why we had different skin colors. She explained to me that under the skin we were both the same and that we should all be treated the same. I believed her then and I believe her now.

"Sister" Shelton died of cancer in 1963; she was 56. She spent all of her life in poverty or on the edge of it, but she didn't let it get her down. Although she missed seeing the "whites only" and "colored" signs come down by one year, I know that when she died, she had hope that things would change. I think of her often.

This year I will vote for Barrack Obama for president. I'm not voting for him because he is black; I'm casting my ballot for him because I believe he can help us dig our way out of a hole dug by dishonest and greedy men. Still, it is about time we were all treated the same. I can't help but think that Virginia would be pleased.

Curtis LeMay

Rock Hill

Herald should read its own headlines

I find it amusing that The Herald would endorse Rick Lee. Either The Herald doesn't even read its own articles or it doesn't agree with its writers. Need we be reminded of the headlines? Just to name a few:

"Lee calls Motz power hungry"; "Council rocked by Revelations" (Lee's participation in the second hospital fiasco); "Rancor on Council"; "Role models lacking"; "Feeling dismissed by county leaders?"; "Councilmen out of line."

These are just a few of the headlines over the past two years. Can someone please tell me what is really going on here?

The reality is Buddy Motz and Curwood Chappel are running unopposed. Whoever wins the District 7 seat has to deal with at least these two councilmen, and it is apparent from The Herald's own headlines that our current representative has compromised those bridges.

I plan to vote for Chad Williams. I know him and his past service in this community proves that he will be a good man for the job. That is what we need.

Jimmy Windell

Rock Hill

Medical skills help coroner

The coroner's position in this state is certainly investigative, but the intent is to investigate a cause of death in coordination with law enforcement, which investigates a criminal act. Approximately 85 percent of all deaths in this area are due to natural causes. In this scenario, the ideal coroner would have an understanding of prescription medicines, natural diseases and physiologic causes of death. They would need an ability to read through medical records and consult with physicians regarding 85 percent of their workload. This is the reason many states have switched to a medical examiner system, where the exact same job is required to be filled by a medical professional.

The current coroner's office works together with law enforcement in an ideal arrangement. If necessary, a medical professional is consulted and an autopsy may be performed. This increases the cost of the investigation, which comes out of our pocket. With a medical background and an understanding of natural disease, the coroner can prevent unnecessary spending. I think a forensic nurse is an ideal choice for coroner.

Don Dover

Rock Hill

Republicans don't care about poor

I once wrote that the majority of voters in Chester County enjoy being used and abused. I now would like to include anyone in South Carolina who, after eight years of Bush and Cheney, would vote for a Republican -- except what I call a true Republican.

True Republicans have an annual household income of more than $200,000 dollars and are consumed with greed, just like their sugar daddy for the past eight years, George Bush. They don't believe in welfare of any kind because they believe they won't ever need it.

They have no regard or compassion for the poor, elderly or disabled. They are the ones doing most of the using and abusing.

The Republican Party has never done and never will do anything to help poor and middle class people, and they have no reason to vote for a party that cares nothing about them except their vote.

Let me clear the air on abortion. Those true Republicans who want the government to force all those unwanted and unloved babies to be born are all hypocrites because they don't believe in the welfare necessary to provide housing, food, education and health care for all these children.

Wesley M. Rash


Williams has the right stuff

Chad Williams has all the right stuff to serve County Council District 7. He has the intelligence -- he graduated from Clemson in the top of his class -- and has operated a business in Rock Hill for 20 years. He is dedicated to giving back to his community. He has served and worked on community nonprofit organizations, such as Jaycees, Come See Me and Rock Hill Planning Commission.

Having been a life-long resident of York County, he views it as his duty to make York County the best place it can be but more importantly to make the county the community its residents want it to be.

Oh by the way, I am his uncle.

Thomas L. "Pookie" Williams

Rock Hill

Try using some phone manners

We often receive many "wrong number" calls. Very few acknowledge the mistake, they just hang up and let us wait for the signal. Recently our son-in-law was hospitalized in Asheville, N.C., and it seemed we had even more calls with no response. Only once when I answered, did the gentleman say, "I'm sorry, I must have dialed the wrong number."

Sir, I don't know who you are, but I want to thank you for your thoughtfulness. It did not take long but it did take a load off my mind immediately. Please, if you dial a wrong number, have the courtesy to say I'm sorry. It's a nice thing to do.

Gardner C. Koch

Rock Hill