Originally created 02/03/03

Rants and Raves



Comments from readers:

THIS IS IN response to the article about HOPE scholarship recipients. My children are recipients, and yes, I play the lottery each week. As the parents of four children, my husband and I do not make enough money to send them to college. We do, however, make too much money to qualify for the Pell Grant or any other type of government loan or grant money. HOPE does not give children a free ride. They must pay for student fees, housing, meals and help pay for books that are very expensive. They must also maintain a certain grade-point average. Anyone who is lucky enough to receive this help should be intelligent enough to make the most of it.

SO THE CITY has finally decided to clean up the parks and streets. It would have been nice if they had come to the Comfort Circle-Park Avenue area and cleaned up the trash and weeds, mowed what is left of the grass, replaced the dead or dying trees and replanted the azaleas they spent a fortune to plant, then allowed to die because they did not want to be bothered watering them.

THIS IS A rant for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Why do you send officers to cruise the early-morning school zone traffic on Belair and Evans to Lock roads but never on Stevens Creek Road by Stevens Creek School? I always see a lot of parents not following the school zone speed even when they have their children in the car. Is it because almost all of them come from West Lake? I guess they think the law is above them because of where they live.

I FOUND IT amazing the other day at the Deans Bridge Road Wal-Mart when a vehicle with a handicapped veteran tag parked in the handicapped spot, yet a 17- or 18-year-old driver sprinted into the store. I was shopping for more than 25 minutes, and when I left the car was still there. What is he a veteran of? Kindergarten?

HISPANICS HAVE just been declared the largest minority group in the United States, but does that include those living here illegally?

NO ONE CAN write letters or make phone calls without being accused of harassing someone on the other end.