Now, no trash cans

Most people in the North area know the water in the apartments was turned off by the town. Now they have taken all the trash cans. We don't have any place to put our trash.

Something needs to be done about the North mayor. She was the reason we didn't have a police department. She is the reason they can't give out food to the needy uptown.

I talked to the apartment manager. I asked when we were going to get more trash cans. She said she didn't know.

She said the mayor talked so nasty to her when she called the main office.

As of Friday, we still don’t have trash cans. They put a big dumpster down there by the office. I am a double amputee. I can’t reach over the side of that dumpster.

Albert Johnson, North

Another national park

The Palmetto State could soon be home to a second national park, and that’s good for the economy, for jobs and for conservation. It is in our best interest to protect the South Carolina way of life and cultivate a flourishing future by supporting important land protections.

While the new park would be located at St. Helena Island, the revenue generated and examples set would be good for the entire state.

In terms of economy alone, the state’s only National Park, Congaree, generated over $8.5 million in local economies last year alone. Congaree and its economic impacts create and sustain more than 100 local jobs. Supporting economic drivers that employ South Carolinians while also protecting our natural resources seems like a no-brainer.

To boot, park designations and public land protections help educate citizens and help protect ecosystems many in our state depend on to feed their families. Hunting and fishing are a way of life for many of our residents.

Maintaining healthy habitats for the animals we depend on is crucial to maintaining that heritage and those natural food sources. Educating our fellow citizens who may not hunt or fish is also important to maintaining those priorities.

Whether it’s a state park designation or a new National Park, the benefits are undeniable. If we want to teach our grandchildren how to feed themselves off of the land and to preserve natural independence, supporting public lands is key. It’s the key to a flourishing future for our wonderful home state.

Thomas Gardiner, Aiken

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