Aiken Standard, March 17, 1991, Page 62

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 17, 1991, Aiken, South Carolina MORE OPINIONS Aiken i>fattharfi Page 11C, Aiken Standard, Aiken, S.C., Sunday, March 17, 1991 / /Quote... Unquote"The most critical times will be in March and April when our trees are most susceptible to cold injury.” — TERRY MATHIS, Clemson Extension Service agent, on the peach crop. ★ ★ ★There are only two methods of animal control, euthanasia and spaying and neutering, and this is not being done properly.” — DR. CHARLIE TIMMERMAN, local veterinarian, on the use of a private animal hospital for animal control in Aiken County. ★ ★ ★‘‘I was told that if I stepped down I would not be before the grand jury.” MASON J. ROLLO, mayor of Jackson, saying he was offered a deal to avoid indictment. * * *    ROLLO‘I am an employee of the board, and they have spoken clearly tonight.” — DR. JOSEPH R. BROOKS, Aiken County school superintendent, in refusing to remove the Tactics for Thinking program from county schools. * * *‘It’s very easy to obtain fake ID s — especially on college campuses.” — JOE W. DORTON, chief enforcement agent for the S.C. Alcohol Beverage and Control Commission, in discussing underage drinking in the state. ★ ★ *“We are in Aiken by choice, and we will stay in Aiken by choice.” — TIM FROMMER on the horse industry’s intent to remain in Aiken. ic it it“Basically we are in the initial stages of preparing our proposal in the reconfiguration of the weapons complex.” — RICK FORD of SRS concerning efforts to bring the Rocky Flats, Colo, opertions to Aiken. ★ ★ * FOR IME CRIMES OF. TSE KEATING FIVE, WE NOW EXECUTE THEIR APPOINTED STAND-IN... /SOUTH CAROLINA VIEWS Cable Firms Have Exploited Deregulation The (Charleston) Evening Post Since the deregulation of the cable television industry, cable companies have enjoyed unrestrained opportunities to increase what they can charge consumers. It’s a situation that the companies have taken advantage of, if not exploited. In response to the rapid rate increase experienced since 1986, when rate-making restraints were removed altogether, legislation has been introduced to re-regulate cable television. The lack of free-mar-ket forces in the industry argues in support of new restraints. The Senate bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Ernest F. Hollings, D-S.C., and Albert Gore, D-Tenn., would give local governments the authority they once had in controlling rates for basic cable service. A House bill proposed by Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., would have the FCC establish a regulatory framework by which consum ers would be protected from unwarranted rate hikes. Both bills would establish minimum standards for cable operations and service. The findings of a General Accounting Office report underline the need for re-regulation. Between 1986 and 1989, cable rates increased an average of 39 percent, or three times the rate of inflation. In 1990, cable rates increased an average of 12 percent, or double the inflation rate. Last year, legislation to regulate the cable industry was overwhelmingly passed in the House, only to be blocked in the Senate. Industry officials are predicting a similar fate for legislation this year. Those predictions will be wrong only if Congress shows the proper concern in the interests in its voting constituency — 60 percent of which are cable subscribers. LETTERS To The Editor Trouble In Salley The Town Council of Salley led and directed by Councilman Tony Minus called a special Town Council meeting for Feb. 19. This was done without consulting the mayor, Lester Stillinger, who was unable to attend the meeting due to a previously scheduled engagement. The pretense of this urgent meeting was to approve the financial statement of the recent Chitlin’ Strut. But once the meeting was in progress, the Council turned to their underhanded business of trying to evict the mayor from his private office and also starting procedures to change the form of government to the strong council-weak mayor system. Everything discussed at the meeting could have waited until the regular scheduled meeting, but apparently the Council wanted to make their decisions when the mayor wasn’t present. The Council set a deadline of 6 p m. Feb. 22 for the mayor to be out of his office, and Councilman Minus stated that if the mayor did not comply with the request, the Council would move him out. When the Council arrived at the Town Hall at the specified time, they found Mayor Stillinger in his office and approximately 15 to 20 of his supporters also there. The Council requested the mayor to meet with them in private to discuss the problem, and he complied with their wishes. The Council did not evict the mayor at this time, and after the meeting everyone left Approximately 9 p.m. the same night, news reporters from WJBF TV arrived in town and interviewed Councilman Minus and other people. Councilman Minus was quoted by the reporter as saying, “due to the caliber of people who showed up, the Council did not evict the mayor at this time.”... I hope he is man enough to be at the next Town Council meeting ... and justify his statement. Earl Johns Aiken No More Bart Simpson Tonight, Thursday, March 7, I was appalled at what I was letting my children watch on our television I consider myself to be a pretty liberal mother, but where do I draw the line? A very popular TV show, “The Simpsons” ended tonight with a very strong language phrase that took me by complete surprise. It is very unfortunate since this is a highly rated TV show, watched by many, if not all, our children By allowing our children to watch and hear such language is saying it’s OK In addition, it was followed by a video that showed the character’s father beihg very violent and using harsh means of punishment against Bart (including a “Hell” scene). My children won’t be watching Bart Simpson any more. How about yours? Pat Pinkard Aiken Getting God's Attention When I was serving my country in the Pacific during World War II, we had a captain we were very fond of. I went to see him one day while he was in the hospital, and during our conversation he said, “Sergeant, when this war is over, people will forget all about this war and the men who served, just as they did after World War I.” It happened as he said. There was more praying during World War II than ever before. After that, people began to slow down on their praying and began to leave God out. During this war in Saudi Arabia, we have had more praying than during World War II. I am so pleased when I read in the newspaper and on television of our people in our country praying for our men and women in service. We have left God out so much, He might have allowed this war to eet our attention. Last year we had the drought and now all the rain and tornadoes. How much will it take for America to wake up and realize that God is still in control? Now that this war is over and our men and women will be coming home soon, certainly God answered the prayers of American citizens. I pray that we will not forget about this war. .. American people, let us remember we still have a war right here with drugs and all kinds of crime. If we obey God and read his word and pray as we did for the war, God will hear us. This is supposed to be a Christian nation. Let us make this a real Christian nation. .. M.B. Ferguson Warrenville Want To Write? The Aiken Standard welcomes letters to the editor for publication. Letters must be signed by the writer, and they must bear the writer’s mailing address. Letters must be legible, preferably typewritten. Letters that are brier and to the point are preferred. AII letters are subject to editing and condensing. There is no limit to subject matter. Please send them to: The Editor, Aiken Standard, Box 456, Aiken, S.C., 29802. Mind Control? Taxpayers and parents in Aiken County need to become fully informed on a very dangerous teaching experiment that is in our public school system. I refer to “Tactics for Thinking” and any other materials that use transcendental meditation, visualization, guided imagery and On behalf of the Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Commissioners, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roland Windham for coming this way. Your achievements have been maney, and your contribution to the City of Aiken, Aiken County and the State of South Carolina, the United States of America and the world will always be seen and remembered by us. I especially want to thank you for just being you! If I could change anything about you, I would not change a thing. The people of this city will remember with grateful hearts your special work in improving the water quality of the City of Aiken and the erosion control plans that have been put in place in the city by your administration. Your foresight in plan- chanting to control the minds of children. njng for the 21st century will be beneficial Treating children psychologically is ii- to future generations, legal without parental permission, not to mention dangerous unless practiced by trained medical professionals. If this experiment is allowed to continue in our public school system, we each need to take a serious look at the people responsible for allowing it into the schools in the first place, namely, our District Superintendent Dr. Joseph R. Brooks and each member of the Aiken County School Board. Sandra Burkhart Aiken What Is Education For? Reading the Letters to the Editor one Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our association throughout the years. You’ve earned your retirement, but we are going to miss you. J.P. Kneece Jr. Commissioner Aiken Soil and Water Concervation District Appreciates Help I just came home from the hospital after two w'eeks.... The thing that kept me going was faith, hope in my Master and knowing the Savior had traveled this road before me. I’m not complaining, for I have found there are still kind, helpful gets the impression that our citizens are concerned about only two things pertaining the education of their children: where schools are built and final SAT scores. Homework and learning are non-concerns. If knowledge is only valued as a tool for livelihood, and not a means to become a full person, enjoying and appreciating life, we will continue to be a shallow, incomplete society. J.F. Elliott Aiken Concern With Equal Treatment I am writing to show my concern with our most respected military academy, The Citadel. It remains one of the two all men military academies in our country. It is refusing to let women in, saying, “They will change our academy.” To me that is an insult and to the people of South Carolina. Women have died in the war for their country and are as equal as men. They deserve the same amount of respect In my opinion. I feel that men actually feel threatened and that’s why they act as they do Brooke Rucker Aiken Another Day Of Prayer? • At the beginning of the Persian Gulf crisis when so many of our young men and women were being called to active duty and being sent to serve our great country, the local and national leaders called for a day of prayer for God to go with our troops and take care of them Well, God heard and answered those prayers! I might be wrong, but I haven’t heard these leaders call for a day of thanks to God for taking care of our troops. Grady G. Rollins Windsor No More ‘Playing Soldier’ The American military performed so magnificently in Desert Storm that the wives of Reservists and the wives of Guardsmen hope we are never again asked, “Is your husband playing soldier this weekend?” Sue Williamson Jackson Segregation By Sex I recently learned that boys and girls are segregated at recess at Millbrook Elementary School. Evidently some sort of trouble between the sexes at the playground led school officials to separate boys and girls to prevent problems. Keeping boys and girls apart is discrimination. just as surely as separating different races is. If a racial incident occurred, officials wouldn’t separate black and white children, nor would they be able to keep apart other distinctive categories of students - like popular and unpopular kids — for convenience. Which group gets the best part of the playground? Do they take turns each day? Each week? Who gets balls and other equipment? The idea of separate but equal lost favor in the 1960s, and it scares me to think that girls and boys might be separated not just for recess, but perhaps, if convenient, for math or science as well. Keeping antagonistic groups apart may make it easier for those wno supervise the groups, but teaches little to the individuals in those groups. Kathryn Bruzas Hauer Aiken Thanks To Roland Windham people in this world with troubles of their own who are willing to help. I want to thank my wonderful neighbors, Mr. Arthur D. Rich, Elease Kirkland, Julia Coley, Allestre O’Connor,Jamie Watson and the Baughman family. Most of all thanks to Dr. Charles Hewitt who went beyond the doctor relationship to help and is still trying to have me back on my feet. Mrs. Clyde Saunders Aiken Trouble With Dogs If I was to have someone call and com plain that my dog is running loose, I would take care of the problem right away But here in Aiken you have to com plain more than once before anyone does anything about your problem. We have had some family problems and every time two dogs bark at night we get scared someone is out there. For two nights, the dogs barked off and on all night. On Friday morning I was outside when I saw five or six dogs on the loose My one dog is in heat and I can’t bring her in because the landlord says no pets in the house. I have been wanting to get rid of this one big dog, but due to no transportation, I can’t take her to the SPCA and with no income, I can’t afford a car and I sure can’t afford any more puppies just because the County won’t pick up the dogs on the loose. I called the County on Friday morning, and they never came out.... The County doesn’t check out a complaint until it is too late. These dogs are still on the loose, but I don’t dare call the County because by the time they get out here, the dogs are gone. Laura McClain Aiken L-B-C Team Congratulated This letter is intended to congratulate the Academic Team of Langley-Bath-Clearwater Middle School and its fine sponsor and coach Ms. Patricia Toepke. This wonderful group of kids won fourth place in the Southeastern Invitational in Conway in October and in February they won first place in the Aiken County Academic Meet. I am proud to say that they lost only one match during the regular season In recognizing the students who come from Valley schools, maybe the people in other parts of our county would realize that Area 3 schools are also good and can compete with the schools of the so-called preferred areas. Frankly, I’m tired of Area 3 schools thought to be below standard by people who live in certain areas of our county. If we didn’t have good schools, good teachers and good students, would this Academic Team have accomplished such goals as it has this school year thus far? The black, white, rich and poor need to pull together to make Aiken County one of the best school districts in the country. If this would come to pass, people would not have to go before the School Board in hopes of rezoning certain areas in order for their children to attend a particular school. Phyllis Jones Bath National Energy Policy The release of President Bush’s longawaited energy' plan for our nation has focused attention on a critical - but often ignored - issue. The Department of Energy projects that by 2010, sixty-five percent of the oil used in the United States will have to be imported from other countries unless we reform our energy policies. Too often, the debate in South Carolina and elsewhere has centered on simplistic production versus conservation approaches. Our nation’s energy - and economic - security depends on a comprehensive, balanced national energy strategy. Such a strategy should include an intensified search for domestic energy resources and conservation and increased reliance on natural gas and more research into how to make alternative fuels affordable and another look at nuclear power. The administration’s new proposal encourages domestic oil and natural gas production with an exploration program ’ for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska... Similarly, 15 percent of the! oil and 29 percent of the natural gas we use currently is from offshore wells, and that is being accomplished in an environmentally sound way. However, many areas that offer the best prospects for finding substantial amounts of oil and gas still remain off limits. Many interest groups automatically reject one or more elements of a potential energy strategy. Consequently, our county is stuck in an energy policy deadlock. We are neither developing more resources, nor effectively conserving, nor developing energy alternatives. If often falls to the news media to call attention to important issues which others would prefer to ignore. I hope that will be the case with this vital policy question. We will not begin to secure the energy future of our country until all interested parties — and our policy makers - are willing to approach the issue with an open mind, giving serious consideration to every possible element of a comprehensive energy strategy. William F. Ross Executive Director S C. Petroleum council ;