Letters to the editor - Friday (4-19-2013)

  • Posted: Friday, April 19, 2013 12:14 a.m.

Thanks for support for Crosby program

We are so appreciative of all of the support and enthusiasm the people of Rowan County have shown to the Crosby Scholars program! In the telling of our story, we want to make sure we share the integral role that Kathy Rusher has played in Rowan Crosby’s development.


From the beginning, Kathy’s passion for the students in Rowan County and her commitment to each child’s welfare has influenced this project. She was central to our original concept, and contributed to the process of bringing the Forsyth Crosby Scholars program to Rowan County. Kathy serves as the vice chair of Rowan Crosby’s Board of Directors and remains a vital part of our program.

As a new entity, we are excited about being in the midst of such a caring and forward-thinking community. We appreciate folks who, like Kathy, are willing to commit their time, their energy and their resources to bring the opportunity for hope to the students in Rowan County.

— Gwin Barr and Jennifer Canipe

Salisbury



Gwin Barr is the board chair and Jennifer Canipe is executive director of the Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership.

Building America

Wow is all I can say to Al and Jenny Cobb (April 17). What makes this country great is our right to question. What really ticked me off was their lack of knowledge about the history of the United States.

I will tell you who built this country: the Italians, Spanish, French, Chinese, Greeks, Native Americans. And lets not forget the slaves who built the South’s economy. I could go on and on, but I think the Cobbs should be on that boat with a load of history books, and they can join the Chinese who they seem to admire because they too want to squash dissent.

— Neil Nurisso

Salisbury



Founding issues

In response to Al and Jenny Cobb’s April 17 letter:

I’ve heard that the ACLU was founded by communists, but so what? What was Jesus supposed to be — a stock broker or industrialist? Did you know that communism is sanctioned in the Bible? Read Acts 2:43-45 and Acts 4:32-35.

I suppose the Founding Fathers could be considered the “ACLU types” of their time. Some were deists, not fundamentalist Christians. England was a Christian nation. Print a book promoting atheism, and they threw you in prison.

If we send the ACLU and socialists to China, we’d be like Nazi Germany in the 1930s. I remember when people said blacks ought to be shipped to Africa.

I don’t think America will accept communism. Americans are too fond of money for that.

Parting shot: “I am surrounded by priests who repeat incessantly that their kingdom is not of this world, and yet they lay their hands on everything they can get.” — Napoleon Bonaparte.

— R. Howard Andrews

Spencer

Speech control

Our Constitution is the foundation of our government. It was written by very wise men and has stood us well all through our history. The problem is that it is very old. It was written long before modern technology provided possibilities for abuse. We must now recognize that the Constitution is a “living” document, needing interpretation in accordance with modern thinking and technology.

The obvious place to start is with the First Amendment. When it was written, free speech consisted mostly of talking together in relatively small groups and publishing handbills and pamphlets printed one by one on a hand press. Very few books were printed. Now we have 20- or 30-page newspapers printed by the thousands daily. In those newspapers we often find lies and misinformation that incites riots and all sorts of other harmful behavior.

An even bigger problem is the Internet, which is used by terrorists and plain criminals to plan attacks on society. The most horrible instrument is the cell phone. Virtually all terrorist plots are planned over cell phones. Almost all terrorist bombs are detonated by cell phones. We must do something!

Now we know that most newspaper publishers, Internet users and cell phone owners are good citizens. As such, they should not resent some reasonable restrictions. Let’s limit newspapers to 10 pages. That is enough to cover all legitimate news. And cell phone purchasers should welcome a comprehensive background check. The same goes for newspaper publishers. After all,honest folks have nothing to fear.

These background checks will not do much good. We know that from past experience, but it will make us feel better for having “done something.”

— Joe Roberts

Salisbury

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