Letters to the editor - Monday (4-15-2013)
Can we change a dart to a laurel?
Some call it ironic, some say it is a coincidence, and some feel it is something greater. On Saturday one of the darts printed on the this page was exposing the 122 domestic homicides recorded last year in North Carolina, a 15 percent increase from the previous year. On the same day, Second Presbyterian Church began running our ad in this same newspaper for our first annual (we pray) Family Fun Festival to raise funds and awareness for the Family Crisis Council, the agency addressing the issues highlighted by the Post.
It will be Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Salisbury Post/First Bank parking lot (across from the Library). For almost a year, the Second Presbyterian Church family has prayed and planned how we could be used to break the cycle of domestic violence and support families in Rowan County. In January we hosted a training event for Rowan clergy and now our long awaited Festival is days away.
As a county we have been fighting and fussing about how and when we might pray. What a blessing it would be if all that energy and passion could go to serve “the least of these” ... the children caught in this cycle of violence.
Please put April 27 on your calendars today and join us!
—Rev. Margaret Almeida
Margaret Almeida is the pastor of Second Presbyterian.
Salisbury Pride hits a home run
More than 200 LGBT people and supporters packed Cooper’s Saturday night for a Salisbury Pride Fundraiser & Drag Show. People from surrounding counties and small towns poured into Salisbury, spending their money and having a good time ... and they wonder why Salisbury has a mayor who doesn’t support our cause. Equality is a major issue on the national front right now, and so is where WE (LGBT people) choose to spend our money! How about it, Salisbury? Where do you stand as a community? We live right here with you and have since the beginning of time. Wake up ... or Rowan County may just make the national news again!
— Judy McDaniel