Looking at your Sunday April 25, special section (page D3 and D6), I would like to propose that solar panels be installed in parking lots at a height of 8 to 10 feet. They would provide shade for parked cars and would require no land dedicated only for solar panels as per your pictures on these pages.

This is a "kill two birds with one stone" idea that could result in cost savings and avoid the need to get into a "sun fried" car.

Your long time reader.

George J. Reed, Orangeburg

Today is Workers Memorial Day

Today is Workers Memorial Day and our motto is “Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living.”

It is hard to believe, but every day 150 workers are killed by job injuries and illnesses. In 2015, 117 workers died in South Carolina from preventable injuries, and hundreds more from work-related diseases.

Every year on Workers Memorial Day, working people in America gather to commemorate those who have lost their lives due to workplace injuries and illnesses and to demand stronger safety protections on the job. Every year, thousands of workers continue to suffer from exposure to hazards like silica dust and other workplace toxins. These exposures are unnecessary and can be controlled with commonsense measures.

But Big Business again puts profits over workers’ safety. This has to stop. Despite this alarming reality, the Trump administration is making it easier for corporations to get away with putting workers’ lives in danger by rolling back or blocking regulations that protect workers from serious hazards, infectious diseases and workplace violence.

It is time for lawmakers to put workers first and do more to ensure that job safety regulations are strengthened and enforced — not dismantled. This Workers Memorial Day, South Carolina working families are standing up and calling on Congress to ensure safe workplaces for everyone.

Erin McKee

President S.C. AFL-CIO

Swansea

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