Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - December 9, 2008

Parade schedules are awkward

I would like suggest to the committees who plans the parades to change the times and days. Not just the Christmas parade but the Come-See-Me parade also. My family moved to Rock Hill from Charlotte 20 years ago. We loved the small-town feel after being in Charlotte for so many years. The community events were just a few of the things we remarked about to all our friends.

Now, we can comment but can't get anyone to come to certain events, like the parades, because the inconvenience of the times and days. The Christmas parade, when we first came to town, was on Saturday mornings around 11 a.m. going down Oakland Avenue, a perfect location going into downtown to show off the historic district and the renovated Main Street. But you can't see the true beauty of our buildings at night nor the people in the parades. Sure the Christmas lights look nice all lit up but that is all we can say about that.

The Come-See-Me parade is on Thursday nights. Terrible idea! It used to be held on a Sunday afternoons on Cherry Road. That may not have been the best location, but you got tons of folks who attended and participated.

The attendance over the past couple of years for both parades has been down a good bit due to the fact that everyone is still trying to get home from work in Charlotte and, most of the time, they have kids who want but can't attend. Please give us all a break. Rethink the days and times for the Come-See-Me parade and next year's Christmas parade. You might be surprised what a little change will do with attendance and participation. The Rock Hill community will thank you.

Melissa Neely

Rock Hill

Hate can be all consuming

Wayne Clark noted in his recent letter to The Herald that Sen. Lindsey Graham said, "If North Carolina went to Obama, he would drown himself ... Do you know when and where this event will take place?"

Tcch, tcch! I'm sure that if the senator made any such remark, it was indeed made in jest. However, whomever/whatever divisive force(s) initiated and promoted the acidulous "hate campaign" against President George Bush and his administration ... well, to draw on Richard Nixon's famous remark, after January, they won't have George Bush to kick around anymore.

Regardless of who may be elected president, we have only one hired-help helmsman steering our Ship of State at a time! Hate is such an all-consuming disease ... for the hater!

The United States of America is not broken nor will it ever be, so long as we, the people, stand steadfastly united in our common cause of freedom!

Lou Page

Rock Hill

Nation can only move forward

On Nov. 4, 2008, I awoke early in the morning to get in line for the election of our 44th president of the United States. Later that night, I waited in front of my television, my fingers crossed in anticipation of the history our country was about to make: Barack Obama, our first African-American president.

I recently came across an article titled, "Racists react to Obama victory." It saddened me to read about the acts of hatred against our newly elected president because of one simple factor: the color of his skin.

The article stated different cases of racism against Obama. In some cases, individuals have been arrested for actually plotting to assassinate Obama. In another case, two teenage guys were wearing Obama T-shirts with red crosses painted across his face. The most sickening case was of a school bus carrying elementary school students chanting, "Assassinate Obama!"

America needs to wake up. Our president is black! His wife and children are black, and these things are not going to change. Our country has been on a downward spiral for years now. I do not think the fact that our president is African-American can make it any worse. This is a big change for the United States, but maybe it is the change our country needs. It is going to take some time but our country can only move forward.

Tamara Heyward

Rock Hill

Budget cuts could hurt Winthrop

I'm writing to bring up an issue for local college students: the Winthrop University budget cuts. I've been looking at the letters and comments published over the past few weeks, and to my surprise, I haven't seen many mentions of these recent cuts.

I've also read the recent articles that The Herald has published regarding them, and like most of the college students who attend Winthrop, the $50 tuition increase that will take affect next semester does not affect me directly. It is, however, affecting one of my friends who can't receive as much money from student loans as usual. I recently read in The Herald about a hardship fund that was set up for students who need help with their college expenses. I hope this fund will do as promised. When I read that the South Carolina State Budget Panel was looking to cut the state budget even further, it gave me cause for concern.

President DiGiorgio has been keeping the campus community, including Winthrop students, abreast of the latest budget cuts by sending out priority e-mails. These e-mails have detailed the ways in which Winthrop plans to deal with the current 14.8 percent budget reduction by, among other things, closing buildings when they aren't in use. I hope the recession won't affect the quality of education at Winthrop.

Stefanie Magura

Rock Hill

County needs smoking ban

I just wanted to pass along my thanks for your recent editorial, "Pass Smoking Ban."

I've written to York County Councilman Roy Blake, hoping he supports this as well for District 4. To think that we even have to have this debate is insane. Smoking kills -- that's all there is to it. Let's move on!

P. Lowrey

Rock Hill

County has more pressing issues

In response to the recent editorial on the smoking ban, I am in total agreement with the writer. Anyone who has the audacity to blow smoke in the face of some poor asthmatic child should be hung up by their nicotine-stained thumbs and whipped. Why, everyone knows that only one puff of secondhand cigarette smoke could end that child's life immediately. To put the whole world in peril is simply unthinkable. This has to be the number-one concern of the County Council. That poor weak asthmatic child could someday grow up to be president.

Seriously, I have been a conveyer of secondhand smoke for more than 40 years. I started like many others when it was cool, and have not had the desire to give it up. As long as the lobbyists continue to pay off our politicians and keep tobacco off the list of banned drugs, I will probably continue to smoke. I do not, however, smoke in restaurants or public buildings. I respect the rights of others to consider smoking a plague on the human race, and do not light up in their presence. I don't even smoke in my own house when there are children present whether they are asthmatic or not. This is a personal choice and is not the business of the County Council.

What I want from the council is more of those big dump trucks full of asphalt to fill up the potholes in the county. I want tighter regulations on the number of houses that can be built on a half-acre lot. I don't want them passing rules that apply to my personal behavior. I am sure that those men with the long noses who absolutely have to blow them at the table while I am trying to eat will agree with me. After they finish off the smokers, you guys cannot be far behind.

Mike Marr

Clover

Don't jump to conclusions

I found this past election to have been extremely tough psychologically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I was faced with an internal battle regarding my choice. Should it be based upon the beliefs in which I was raised, ones which would reflect my church's teaching and/or my family's; or should it be strictly personal? When Barack Obama became president-elect, the very atmosphere seemed to change, and people's true colors began to emerge.

Never in my 20 years have I felt so awkward in my normal environment. I've never been made so aware of my ethnicity as during the past month. From being told in my Bible study group that this was a historic win for which I and "my people" should be proud, to walking into stores and having people tell me that "we" had this one won.

Why are people so quick to assume based on color that I voted for Obama? Why did no one ask me my opinion or where I stood on the issues? Being told that this win was historic for my people only added insult to injury. We, as a nation, commonly called a melting pot should all be proud of an event that made history. After all, Obama also is part Caucasian.

We all need to think deeply about what we say before we say it. It is a shame that so many have put their feet in their mouths. Finally, because of who I am, I have taken all in stride and moved on with my life. As to how I voted, it's your guess.

Nayeede Bailey

Rock Hill

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