Letters to the editor - Saturday (10-12-3013)

  • Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:34 a.m.

Rowan County United Way has the community’s back

The Family Crisis Council (FCC) has been fortunate enough to be one of the 15 agencies supported by Rowan County United Way since 1979. Our agency supports victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as they take control of their lives and embark on a new future. We provide victims and survivors a variety of vital services, including a 24-hour crisis line, temporary emergency shelter and court advocacy.

With the recent government shutdown and persistent economic downturn, it is a tremendous challenge to continue to offer these critical services to our community. FCC’s staff and board of directors are constantly seeking new funding sources to support our agency. While other funding sources may come and go, we can always count on the generous donations and support of our friends at United Way. As the executive director of the Family Crisis Council, I am thankful that Rowan County United Way always has our back.

The theme for the United Way campaign this year is “Raised Here. Stays Here.” The money raised in Rowan County will stay in Rowan County to benefit local agencies. As of Wednesday, United Way had raised $850,241 — or 46 percent of its $1,825,000 goal. If you have not yet given to United Way campaign, it is not too late! There are 37 days left to contribute. You may donate online at www.unitedway.org or by mailing your check to Rowan County United Way at 1930 J. Alexander Blvd. W, Salisbury, NC 28147.

No words can express my gratitude for the many volunteers and the supportive staff of Rowan County United Way. Please consider donating to the United Way campaign. Your gift will help sustain the vital services of agencies in Rowan County.

— Renee Bradshaw


Renee Bradshaw is executive director of the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County.

A moving exhibit

We want to thank Powles Funeral Home for sponsoring the Eyes of Freedom exhibit and the Salisbury Post for the article telling readers about the exhibit.

It was so impressive, with the life-sized portraits of the 22 Marines and the Navy corpsmen of the Lima Company of Ohio, painted by artist Anita Miller. At the bottom of each portrait, each soldier’s boots were exhibited. Tucked inside the boots were family pictures, children’s pictures or letters they had written home. One letter began “Dear Mom and Dad ... if you are reading this letter, the worst has happened.”

It really made you grateful for all our servicemen and -women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for our country. There were very few dry eyes in attendance.

We wish everyone in Rowan County had come to see this wonderful exhibit.

— Arlene and Beau Taylor


Ignoring laws of the land

Regarding Allan Gilmour’s Oct. 9 letter:

Mr. Gilmour, you justified the Affordable Care Act by stating it is the “law of the land.”

Let me be the first to remind you that slavery was also the law of the land.

Additionally, border security is the current law of the land. The current administration has told the Border Patrol to stand down.

Federal judges have ordered the administration to reopen the Gulf of Mexico’s oil fields. The order has been ignored.

The administration ignored the Obamacare employer mandate, which was the law of the land.

There are 18 other mandates in Obamacare which have been illegally ignored.

Does the administration believe that Obamacare is the law of the land — or that the law of the land is whatever the Obama administration says it is?

— Rick Johnson


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