Letters to the editor - Friday (4-26-2013)
County sending wrong messages
Five months ago, Rowan voters elected two new county commissioners and two state legislators. Creating more jobs and improving education topped each official’s list of things to accomplish. Each would likely say that expanding the companies already here and attracting/recruiting the “best and brightest” companies/employees are high priorities when it comes to creating more jobs. They’d also likely say that recruiting new/supporting existing employees and addressing facility needs are high priorities when it comes to improving education.
So what progress have they made? If answered directly, each would have to say they’ve made little to no progress and have likely lost ground on both fronts.
Would the best and brightest companies relocate to a county that’s made headlines for refusing to handle a board meeting issue in the most efficient way, i.e. pray before calling the meeting to order?
Would the national press coverage brought by a resolution that was “poorly written, had ambiguous language, and lent itself to misinterpretation,” as Rep. Harry Warren stated, entice you to move your company here?
Would the county’s effort to de-annex the airport from Salisbury convince them this is a unified, progressive county?
Put yourself in the shoes of the best and brightest educators in the market. You drive down Long Street to interview at a building that was built many years ago and has floors that can’t support vital computer equipment upgrades. Would you be confident in moving to a county whose commissioners vote to help fund a centralized office, then pull the plug because of environmental issues at the site, and when those issues are resolved, refuse to move forward with the project? Would you feel confident the county’s elected officials would go to bat for education in the future? Will the best and brightest apply for the superintendent’s position under these conditions?
It’s time for our commissioners to put aside personal agendas and focus on the things they promised. Our citizens and youth deserve no less.
— Barry Robinson
On Wednesday, April 17, my sister and I were eating lunch at the Pizza Hut in Kannapolis. When the waitress came by, she told us that our lunch had already been paid for by a nice gentleman who had just left. We would like to thank him for this, even though we don’t know his identity. It was so nice of him, and I hope that God will bless him for this act of kindness.
— Opal Burris and Bobbie Pressley