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Letter to the Editor

Writer takes mud boggers defense to task

web posted February 11, 2008
Dear Editor,

I love EdgefieldDaily.com and visit the site regularly.  The letter to the editor published Feb. 7, has prompted this response to defending the ‘mudders’.  As a resident of Edgefield County, I enjoy country living too but my reasons are not malicious, destructive or harmful to others. I also take offense to the attitude that it’s not a big deal, the county could prevent it (at taxpayer expense) and that men with trucks can’t help themselves.  Come on, we’re not that dumb.

Maybe the author is not asking herself the right questions.  Like, why shouldn’t these men be held accountable for their actions?  Or why should my tax dollars have to pay to repair the damage your friends have done?  Or why don’t your friends step up and be real men instead of blaming others, having you make public excuses for their actions and in general bad choices?  Perhaps those are the important questions to ask.

Edgefield County Sheriff’s department handles all calls and complaints seriously.  And I bet the folks that live on Grandpa Rd. and Scupin Rd. that are affected on a daily basis by these roads being impassable are grateful that the sheriff’s department understands that it’s more than harmless fun.  As any frequent reader of Edgefield Daily knows the sheriff’s office usually make an arrest within a reasonable time frame. 

With that being said, it’s difficult for me to believe that a dangerous criminal was allowed to roam the streets longer or another crime victim was neglected because the department investigated the damaged roads and found the responsible parties, as you have stated. 

The damaged roads made it nearly impossible for emergency vehicles to get into and out of the area as well.   To anyone with friends or family in those areas this is important but since it does not affect you or your buddies it’s not that big a deal right?  Well, until the next time it rains and those same guys make the same stupid choice and go tear the road up again but this time one of the geniuses makes one too many stupid mistakes, hits a tree or rolls his truck and injures or kills himself or one of his friends.  That ambulance getting into the area is pretty important now, isn’t it? 

Who do you propose pay for putting all that gravel down?  Gravel, labor, gas and equipment are not free to the SCDOT.  I don’t feel that I should have to foot the bill for graveling every dirt road in Edgefield County because a few grown men do not have the impulse control to act like adults.  We could use that money to add deputies to find those ‘real’ criminals you are so worried about or for the advancement of public education since the letter clearly displays a need for it.

Melissa Beasley

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