Higher speed limit unneeded, dangerous
After reading on Nov. 18 about the prefiled bill to raise the interstate speed limit to 80 miles per hour and to allow a darker tint on vehicle windows I am certain we do not need people like Todd Rutherford, D-Richland, deciding what legislation we need in South Carolina. Raising the speed limit to 80 will encourage the people who are now driving 79 to go 89 miles per hour, causing many more deaths and more serious injuries.
I would like to see Todd Rutherford take the place of a trooper having to approach a car with dark tinted windows that has been pulled over for aggressive driving, unable to see if the person has a gun aimed at you. I question whether this proposed legislation is self-serving or whether Todd Rutherford just does not think.
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Would-be recycler found event a waste
Encouraged by an article in The State ("Even the Kitchen Sink can be recycled Saturday" Nov. 10 ), I cleaned out items in my garage for disposal, loaded them in my car, and headed for the Sandhill Research and Education Center on Nov. 14. The event was supposed to be about recycling, but clearly the day was all about waste: waste of the taxpayers' money, waste of time, and a wasteful ecological step backward for Richland County.
Cars and trucks loaded with unwanted junk idled in a long line. There was only one line, which backed out to Clemson Road, creating a traffic hazard. The line moved just enough to never turn off your vehicle, a hundred loaded-down gas guzzlers spewing exhaust.
The first item listed in the newspaper article one could recycle was "household and pool chemicals." I brought both. They refused to take them. They would not take plastic, would not take glass, on and on. Apparently, the only materials being accepted were those limited items that could be resold for a profit.
I don't know what others did with the carloads and truckloads of items that were turned away, but I doubt if most items went back into the garages whence they came.
Genocide, forgiveness talk a prophetic vision
In a recent message given by Bishop Alexis Bilindabagabo, of the Anglican church in Rwanda, the church leader stunned a packed audience at the State Museum by emphasizing that the raw genocide that hit his country of Rwanda in 1994, where his own parents and family were wiped out, is resolved through reconciliation, and even more profound, through the act of forgiveness. In response to how forgiveness could be granted in such culpable human crucifixions, the bishop responded by saying: "If Jesus Christ forgave me, how can I not forgive?"
The audience of college students were staggered by such an admission. In my own research as a soldier, professor and global traveler, I have studied the genocides of the last two centuries., and while relatively well-known massacres have been revealed under Mao, Hitler and Stalin, the genocides suffered by Cambodia and the ethnic Germans after WW II, where 2.5 million perished is still relatively unknown.
The bishop from Rwanda gave a historical and prophetic pronouncement about conflict resolution even in the unbearable that men and women must bear.
The State Museum is to be congratulated for having such a visionary speaker.
DR. ALBERT E. JABS
Fundraiser helps fight pediatric cancer
Children's Chance and our mascot Zig the Pig would like to recognize Bi-Lo stores for their outstanding commitment to the community. On Nov. 13 representatives from Bi-Lo were on hand at Palmetto Richland Children's Hospital to disperse the funds raised from the annual Charity Classic Scan program to many different organizations and graciously gave Children's Chance a check for $22,363.88 to help kids with cancer and their families.
Thanks to Lexington Bi-Lo, Decker Bi-Lo, Garner's Ferry Bi-Lo, Cayce Bi-Lo and the Bi-Lo at the Village at Sandhill. These stores' managers went above and beyond to rally their employees and customers to raise funds for kids fighting cancer in South Carolina.
Public Relations Director