Letters to the editor — Tuesday (9-3-2013)
Regressive attitudes are harming Rowan County
Rowan County and Salisbury have been my home all of my life, as I grew up in Trading Ford and now live in Salisbury. I attended the public schools here, and also my four children received a wonderful education from the public schools here.
I have always been proud and boastful of my home county and city and our educational system. But in recent years, I have come to be less proud and even somewhat embarrassed by the events surrounding our county government.
The regressive, anti-business atmosphere, small-mindedness and anti-education positions that Commissioners Sides, Pierce and Caskey have taken are killing our county.
I can no longer proudly speak of our progressive county and our outstanding educational system when our leaders appear to be in opposition to such objectives.
I implore our commissioners to develop a sense of cooperation and to work as a team with others rather than seeing your role as one of simply power, control and opposition.
The county government must be seen as pro-education and pro-business for our county to survive and thrive.
Sadly, at this time, that perception is quite blurred.
— Thomas Carlton, MD
Drug testing isn’t solution
Regarding Governor McCrory’s veto of the bill requiring drug tests for some welfare recipients:
Mandatory drug tests won’t weed out the addicts from the non-drug-using applicants. Most addicts have ways of passing drug tests if they know about them beforehand.
Drug tests aren’t going to eliminate the problem of welfare benefits being used to buy drugs. Drug testing would make it harder on innocent applicants who really do need the assistance.
True, there is a war on drugs, but how are we going to win it when there are so many odds against it? Those odds are: manufacturing pain pills with opium (a habit-forming narcotic) and prescribing marijuana medically or legalizing it for use. Oh, and let’s not forget about the smuggling or illegal drugs across the border, and the manufacture of illegal drugs such as meth.
Law enforcement does the best it can to rid Rowan County of its drug problems, but officers can’t be at every location where illegal drugs are being sold.
They say the drug problems of the 1960s and ’70s were bad, but I say it’s much worse today. One thing’s for certain: If we can’t wipe out the drug problem ourselves, then Jesus will when he returns!
— Ellie Mae Lambert