Questions on landfill remain unanswered
I am writing in support of the quality of life for the residents of Lower Richland.I am extremely concerned about the proposal by SCE&G and DHEC to allow a 200plus acre landfill near the Wateree Station off U.S. 601 in Eastover.Despite many meetings and requests from area residents for studies detailing the safety of the proposal, despite concerns about the safety of their drinking water and the environmental impact on the nearby Congaree National Park, these issues have yet to be addressed. A lack of water and sewer infrastructure means area residents rely solely on underground wells for drinking water and for watering crops and livestock. Moreover, what if the state’s only national park was no longer safe to the nearly 200,000 visitors that come from all over the world?We are only asking for what is right: that the proper studies be done and considerations be in place prior to our community having to absorb this impact. This is only fair for the generations to come who will call Lower Richland County home.BERNICE G. SCOTTHopkins
Are we trying to start a new civil war?First Rep. Joe Wilson yelled “You lie!” to the president and millions in political donations. Now that Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize, Gresham Barrett retorts with sarcasm. Is South Carolina poised to fire the first shot once more and declare its secession from the United States as it did more than 150 years ago? At least Sen. Lindsey Graham stands as a voice of reason in this discombobulated state of ours.JERRY JEWLERColumbia
The nation’s future if spending continuesI grow weary of the constant hype that we are burdening our children and grandchildren with a massive national debt and staggering annual deficits, which they will have to pay back. This is nonsense. Instead, this is what is going to happen:The value of the dollar will continue to plummet until it hits zero, inflation will rival that of the German Weimar Republic, oil priced in dollars will skyrocket to unheard of levels, the national economy will implode, the federal government and state governments will collapse, anarchy and lawlessness will reign throughout the country, and this will be the end of the United States of America. The upside of this is that our children and grandchildren will not have to pay back the national debt, and annual deficit spending will cease.BLAINE LILJENQUISTSurfside Beach
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Cell phone law matter of safetyI am guessing that C.E. Harrell (“Cell phone law too intrusive,” Friday) is a new driver, has a chauffeur or is one of South Carolina’s many oblivious drivers.Any driver who is alert has seen dangerous driving situations caused by cell phone users. Last month a young lady talking on a cell phone turned in front of me in a major intersection. If I had been on my cell phone as well, I believe that young lady would have been killed. My Blazer would have crushed her Nissan Sentra.I am not a fan of overregulation, but I realize that my right to communicate ends where the safety of others begins.MICHAEL DUKESAiken
Changing focus of health care debateAmerican businesses, large and small, have complained about health care costs putting them at a competitive disadvantage. Many small companies are unable to provide any coverage.Harvard Medical School released a study that stated that nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year because they lack health insurance. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that roughly 46.3 million people in the United States lacked coverage in 2008.I think Congress is approaching the problem from the wrong direction. What we need is affordable health care, not affordable health insurance. The money could be better spent on providing actual health care rather than covering administrative costs and excessive salaries.Now, how do we achieve that? It would seem that a singlepayer system based on the current Medicare plan would give everyone coverage at the lowest cost. Is Medicare perfect? No, but it would provide a better starting point.JIM WACEKLexington
‘Whatever’ works for slackersA frontpage story Tuesday characterized the slang word “whatever” as the “most annoying” to Americans and as an “argumentender” and “sign of apathy.” In second place was “you know.” I have long agreed.But I thought that the best descriptor was “slacker,” for that’s what it really is — a lack of intellectual discipline and individuality to form a meaningful vocabulary. It’s not unlike failure to have a watch or battery charging cables.But I forget — all those things are too much like responsibility and work.Oh well — whatever, you know.AL GUESSColumbia