Editorial: Goals for 2013

  • Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 12:01 a.m.

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 Library’s 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 they’ll 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 Salisbury’s 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.

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