Letters to the editor - Monday (5-6-2013)

  • Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013 7:31 p.m.

Run back to the daylight, Relay

I believe Relay for Life is a wonderful thing — especially when it is held during daytime hours.

I live a half mile from the Rowan County Fairgrounds. It is midnight and the relay is going strong. The noise from the music is disturbing, to say the least. Dogs are barking for miles around! It’s like living beside a parking lot filled with unruly teenagers blaring their car radios and pumping the bass! I feel sorry for the folks that live closer than I do.

Did anyone think about this when they scheduled this event? I would be glad to send a nice check in support if they will just go back to the day time routine and let us all get some sleep!

— Andrea Cress


Thanks, organizers

Thank you for the article about Relay for Life in Saturday’s paper. Relay for Life was great! I am a 10-year survivor. Since 2003 I have never missed a relay.

If you have never walked in a survivor lap, you do not know how good it makes you feel to receive a flower and have people care enough to stand and clap as you walk by.

Friday after the survivor lap I was surprised at some of the comments I heard people make. I just do not understand why people want to complain while other people are working so hard for the cancer survivors. I heard things like, “I was disappointed in the Survivor Dinner, this thing was not organized right.” Well, folks, instead of complaining, next year go to the meetings and get out there and help! See if you can do better!

I would just like to say “thank you” to everyone who cared enough to give us the dinner, the goodie bags and the balloons and for all the the hard work you did for us and to raise money for the Hope for a Cure. I am one survivor who is very thankful for all your hard work and care.

Keep up the good work and care, so all the survivors can always have hope for a cure. Cancer treatments are not easy, but to people who work for a cure, you make it better. Thank you very much for your hard work.

— Judy Shoaf


Where’s outrage?

I am outraged that the U.S. Senate failed to pass the bi-partisan Manchin-Toomey Bill. Those who voted “no” are placing the rights of the few (gun owners) above the right of all Americans to live in a safe society.

Eight American children are shot and killed every day by guns — eight every day. Guns are produced and marketed to children. Where is the outrage?

After you express your sympathy, send the teddy bears, etc., why not call your senators and representatives and tell them it’s time for sensible gun control now?

— Daisy Morton


A literacy success

Once more the residents of Rowan County have proved their generosity by supporting the efforts of the Literacy Council to stamp out illiteracy in our area. Our 10th Scrabble Scramble was a huge success! Thanks to the many who provided financial support, corporate and team sponsorships, and those merchants who donated raffle prizes.

Our special appreciation goes to the players on each team who provided an evening of fun and friendly competition for a very important cause. We truly are indebted to all of them for their continuing support.

— Phyllis A. Martin


Phyllis A. Martin is president of the Rowan County Literacy Council, a United Way Agency.

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