Tax Money, Daylight Saving, Stuttering
LETTER: No Money for PC Baseball Lights.
City Council will soon vote on how to spend the yearly Accommodations Tax. At the last council meeting, a presentation was made by a committee with no diversity, appointed by our former city manager.
One recommendation was to give $50,000 to Presbyterian College to put lights on their baseball field. The people that live in my area do not think that the city should give any money to a private wealthy college. They get donations from their alumni and other private sources. All city money should be used for its citizens and for things that will benefit Clinton.
Nobody goes to the PC baseball games except the parents of the players. Clinton residents don’t go to their games. There is no advantage to Clinton residents for PC to have a few night baseball games. PC spent several hundred thousand dollars on lights for their football fields and they have only one night game a year. The crowd at PC football is dwindling. This will not help tourism in Clinton.
Council should spend all Accommodations Tax money on things that its citizens can enjoy. Give the money to the Main Street Program for festivals that will bring people from out of town or give it to the Sports Complex that every person in Clinton can benefit from.
Please take care of our citizens first. We are the taxpayers. PC pays no taxes and we do.
Emma J. Harrison and 15 others, Clinton.
Fall back! Spring forward! Why is this still a thing?
There is a national movement called #locktheclock. Currently 40 states are debating the time change issue. It’s about a 50/50 split among the states favoring full-time Daylight Savings time or full-time Standard time. I have been working on this issue for a while now. Polls show that a majority of people prefer to stop changing their clocks. That is why I introduced Senate bill 11. My bill will keep South Carolina on Daylight Savings Time. The Senate unanimously passed my bill in March. The House is set to debate it when they return in January. When the bill passes, we will still have to wait on Congress to act. Federal law will not allow a state to remain on Daylight Savings time year round. That is why it will literally take an act of Congress for South Carolina to make the switch. I hope we will join with Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, Oregon, Delaware, Utah, Maine and Washington in passing legislation requesting the permanent time change to Daylight Savings time. #ditchtheswitch
Harvey S. Peeler, Jr.,
President of the South Carolina Senate. He represents Senate District 14 (Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union and York Counties).
October 22nd was International Stuttering Awareness Day. Stuttering is the only disability people still laugh at but we’re working to change that! Just over 70 million people around the world stutter, including more than three million Americans. Most people know someone who stutters, but few understand the condition, what causes it, and how it is treated. Many famous people, including actors, singers, statesmen and athletes are among those who stutter. One in five children stutter for a time during their development.
For more than 70 years, the Stuttering Foundation has offered trusted information and help for those who stutter. For more information, visit www.StutteringHelp.org or call 800-992-9392.
President, The Stuttering Foundation