Letters to the editor - Thursday (3-28-2013)

  • Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:13 a.m.

Board makes a bad business decision in prayer lawsuit

Two weeks ago the Board of County Commissioners made a business decision to fight the ACLU’s request for an injunction in federal court. Business decisions should meet a couple of criteria; they should be within the scope and mission of the organization, and they should reflect the best financial outcome. The commission’s decision does neither.

Chairman Sides has presented this as defending the First Amendment at the county, state and even national levels. I can’t find this anywhere in the statement of purpose on the board’s website. Defense of the Constitution is the responsibility of the military, the attorney general and the courts, not local county government. The Board of County Commissioners is bound by state statute, not the wishes of individual commissioners.

As stated on the commission’s website, “The board’s main purpose is to maintain fiscal responsibility while providing mandated services…” The board’s decision fails this test.

Court cases have three possible outcomes: win, lose or compromise. If Rowan County wins, there is no positive financial outcome, only lower expenses. As Mr. Neier told the board, taxpayers could have to cover fees, deposition costs and other expenses. So if we win, it could still cost taxpayers money; the only question is how much. If, as seems likely, the county loses, taxpayers would be on the hook for the ACLU’s attorney’s fees. Mr. Neier didn’t mention that in his sales presentation or that Forsyth County lost all the way to the Supreme Court. Any compromise would have expenses as well, which no one has talked about. We could be on the hook for our “partners’ ” legal fees if we compromise and don’t go all the way to the Supreme Court.

Bottom line, for taxpayers this is a lose-lose business decision. The only question is, how much will it cost us? And how much cash will advocates and commissioners come up with?

— Jack Burke


Board deserves our thanks

Regarding the prayer lawsuit:

Pray without ceasing! Leading a country, state, county or city is a very important, demanding job. The president and other elected officials need our prayers.

Everyone, Christians and non-Christians, should be thankful the Rowan County commissioners look to God for the wisdom, knowledge and courage to succeed. By making better decisions, everyone benefits.

I was told by an atheist that she did not believe but would not want to live any place where there was no church. She was happy to receive the benefit of living in a Christian community.

I pray our leaders will reverse the destructive trends of atheism and humanism that try to dethrone God, deify man and lead to an ungodly society. I will support the Rowan County commissioners with prayer and finances.

— Evelyn Sills


Good work by Sheriff’s Office

Hats off to the Rowan County sheriff, his department and Detective Tracie Sloop for a job well done on rounding up suspects in a theft ring charged in several January and February break-ins.

We were victims on Jan. 8. I left for Walmart about 11 a.m. and returned about 3 p.m. to find our entire home trashed and our money, special jewelry and guns taken. Our dog was terrorized, and they threw our 50-gallon aquarium to the floor, killing all our fish. With repairs totaling thousands of dollars and the sleepless nights, it has been a nightmare.

Such thieves need to be shown the aftermath and then ask them what if it were their grandmother’s house. Most of the suspects are our grandchildren’s age. Thanks again to the sheriff, deputies and detectives. Good job.

— Gerald and Laura Ervin

Western Rowan County

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