Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - November 4, 2008

Grandmother inspires interest in politics

This is one of the most important elections of our time. We, as U.S. citizens, are allowed to exercise our freedom of choice and our freedom to vote. In some countries, people have no free will and are under the tyranny of dictatorship and restrictive rule.

I learned the importance of this privilege at a young age from my grandmother, Lonnie Nichols, affectionately known as Maw-maw. Growing up in York, she never finished high school but was one of the smartest people around. She retired from the Cannon Mill and was a "maverick" of her time. She kept up with what was happening in the national and local government and could debate with any well-schooled politician who was brave enough to exchange opinions with her. If she had been in a different time and able to go to college, she might have been speaker of the House. During this election year, it brings back memories of an election long ago.

I remember it like it was yesterday, my first brush with the excitement of politics. It was in the late '70s, and Judge Lee S. Alford was running for probate judge. Maw-maw knew the importance of voting. She not only exercised her right to vote but also made sure those who had no transportation got out there and voted. She did not have a driver's license, and I had recently passed my driver's test, and as a young teenager eager to drive, I was up to the task.

She and I spent the day picking up people and driving them to the polls to vote. There was such a sense of pride in these people when leaving the voting polls. I am sure that same feeling was in the heart of Lonnie Nichols, knowing she exercised her right to vote and enabling others to do the same.

Leslie Couick

Rock Hill

System helps smaller states

Golda McKenny wrote Friday that she feels cheated by the electoral college system. She might well have reason to complain if she lived in California or New York. But the electoral college actually gives voters in smaller states a louder voice. It protects less-populous states from always having the national leader chosen by the more populous states.

I am grateful that the electoral college system increases the likelihood that my vote can make a difference. It's just another one of the "checks and balances" provided in our Constitution.

Leslie Vann

Fort Mill

Fish fry was big success

The benefit fish fry was a huge success as well as the bake sale, drawing and the turkey shoot. These events raised nearly $5,000. This will be a great help with the medical bills I owe for my cancer treatments.

To the many churches, businesses, friends, family, co-workers and even people I don't know, I can't begin to tell you how this has touched my heart.

I am very thankful to live in an area where there are so many caring people, and I appreciate each and every one of you for all you have done for me.

Thank you also for your support in phone calls, taking me to the doctor or just asking how I have been. All of this does not go unnoticed. Your kindness, generosity, and continued prayers will not be forgotten.

May God bless each and every one of you.

Wanda Hall Childers

Hickory Grove

Petition supports helping preemies

I am writing as a mom and a concerned citizen to urge readers to sign the Petition for Preemies on the March of Dimes Web site.

In South Carolina today, one in six babies is born prematurely, and millions of babies face serious health challenges or have trouble learning in school because they were born too soon. More newborns die from premature birth than any other cause.

But solutions are within our grasp. Together, we can find the answers. Help us make progress in preventing premature birth. Please join me and moms across South Carolina and America. Sign the Petition for Preemies at marchofdimes.com/petition.

The number of people who sign can really make a difference. Your signature will help us get closer to the day when every baby can have a healthy start in life!

Martha Compton

Rock Hill