Editorial: Goals for 2013
In the spirit of the New Year and making resolutions, here are some goals to strive for locally in 2013:
The landing of a big retail fish, such as Target or Best Buy, that would likely attract others.
Reinvigoration of Salisbury Mall.
A show of confidence from existing industries by expanding their operations and hiring more workers.
Improved academic performance in local schools, cheered on by greater parent involvement at home.
Less bashing of public education and more constructive conversation.
Resolution of the Rowan-Salisbury schools central office issue.
A significant increase in Fibrant clients.
Extension of Rowan Public Librarys operating hours to include Sunday.
Improvements at area Food Lion stores, now that the company is under new leadership
Timely completion of Interstate 85 work at the Yadkin River and north toward Lexington.
The Carolina Panthers making it back to the NFL playoffs after a long absence.
A county government that realizes Salisbury is part of Rowan County.
Elected boards that respect each other and work well together. (Helpful hint: Observe the behavior of Congress and then do the opposite.)
More use of seat belts and fewer traffic fatalities.
Full pantries at Rowan Helping Ministries and the Salvation Army year-round.
A new book from John Hart.
Continued progress on the Blackmer House and some freshening up of the Salisbury Station.
Cheerwine for everyone as in continued expansion of the Salisbury-based company.
Safe return home by local troops stationed in Afghanistan.
Generous support for our growing arts groups and better coordination of their events so theyll overlap less.
Improvements at Rowan Airport to help it grow and attract economic development.
More physicians to treat local citizens as Obamacare kicks in.
A Missions of Mercy free dental clinic.
Creation of a Christmas bureau to coordinate holiday assistance programs.
Completion of the new EMS station in western Rowan and better response times in that area.
Quick, constructive response by the county permitting office and a more business-friendly attitude overall from local government.
A replacement for Susan Kluttz on Salisbury City Council who is as dedicated to Salisbury and its residents as she is.
More support for the N.C. Transportation Museum, which brings thousands of people to Rowan and deserves support from the entire county.
A decrease in crime and a change in the perception of having high crime.
Continued success for downtown Salisburys Friday night out on the town events.
A better home for the Salisbury Farmers Market perhaps enclosed and an extended season.
Widespread commitment to shop local, support privately-owned businesses and eat locally grown foods.