Supporting the penny tax: It’s about ‘quality of life’

November 4, 2012 

Hayes Mizell said the sales tax issue gives the community a chance to answer the Biblical question, “And who is my neighbor?”

Mizell, 74, lives in Rockbridge and is a Methodist involved in a “church and society” team.

“I believe our neighbors in Richland County are people we do not know and people we will never meet, but who depend on an effective transit system and safe roads,” he said.

Neighbors get to know each other when they get out of the house, said Elaine Cooper, 59.

It’s the best thing about living in the South and one of the reasons why Cooper said she’s supporting the sales tax.

Her neighborhood, tucked off Forest Drive, doesn’t have sidewalks — and that’s dangerous for people who walk. But folks still get out and get to know one another. Cooper said “it really touched my heart” when one of her dogs passed away and so many neighbors recognized her loss.

“Sidewalks, green spaces, places where people can walk,” she said. “That is what is nationally referred to as ‘quality of life.’”

“I support it because people need bus service,” said Joan Mobley, 63, who also would like to see an expanded system convenient for people who live in the suburbs, like she does.

“When people move to Columbia from other places, where a car is more a handicap than a necessity, they say seeing a bus is a ‘sighting’ in Columbia,” Mobley said, laughing.

“I hope someday — and it’s probably light years away — Columbia will have a system similar to Charlotte. They have light rail. ... A big park and ride, that would be great.”

Dawn Hinshaw

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service

Top Jobs

View All Top Jobs

Find a Home

$274,900 Columbia
4 bed, 2 full bath. Beautiful 4 BR brick home with attached...

Find a Car

Search New Cars