Darts and laurels
Laurels to the five local mayors who helped deliver Meals on Wheels as part of this week’s annual event highlighting the volunteer-driven program’s importance to the community. The key word here is volunteer. As a non-profit, MOW (a United Way agency) depends on a core of dedicated people who donate their time to deliver meals to senior citizens whose mobility is limited. Along with a nutritious meal, volunteers offer companionship and help keep an eye on the well-being of the clients on their routes. However, with roughly 200 meals to deliver each day, along 28 routes, Meals on Wheels can use more helping hands. If you’re interested in volunteering or the services MOW provides, call 704-633-0352, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mowrowannc.org.
Dart — and good riddance — to the pink stripe that state legislators initially wanted to put on the drivers licenses of young illegal immigrants who qualify for temporary residency status under a federal program. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program pertains to immigrants who were children when they were brought into the country illegally — through no choice of their own — and are now young adults holding down jobs, attending classes or both. The drivers licenses need to denote their immigration status, but the proposed pink stripe was overkill, designed to embarrass the bearers. The licenses will now simply state “Legal presence/no lawful status.”
Laurels to collaboration — one of the strategic strengths on the resume of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s new president, Elaine Spalding. Although spats between Salisbury and county leaders have garnered recent attention, the need for better working partnerships extends beyond the disputes of the moment. Better collaboration among the community’s major stakeholders can help forge proactive solutions and avoid reactive stalemates that waste time, energy and resources.