Letters to the editor — Friday (10-25-2013)
United Way agencies are “all in” on campaign
I want to thank Shavonne Potts and the Salisbury Post for its coverage of the on-going United Way Campaign, including the report meetings that are held every two weeks at our partner car dealerships to evaluate where we are in relation to reaching our goal.
In the article covering the report meeting of Oct. 23, there was mention of the efforts of the Salvation Army staff in raising funds for the campaign. The paragraph began by saying “some of the agencies supported by the campaign” are also involved in the fund-raising efforts.
On behalf of all the local United Way agencies, please know that all of us are involved, each and every year, in helping to raise the goal. As chair of the agency division for the campaign this year, I called on Lt. Joshua Morse to make comments at the Oct. 23 report meeting as an example of the efforts the agencies make to help the campaign be successful. The efforts by the Salvation Army staff were superb this year and worthy of special recognition. Lieutenant Morse had it right when he stated the agency employees understand the importance of the campaign to the community.
All 15 local United Way agencies are “all in” this campaign. We appreciate very much everyone else who is and invite others to join us in reaching the goal so that the human services provided in our community through the United Way can continue in 2014.
— Rick Eldridge
Eldridge is executive director of the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
School bus safety
As a former school bus driver, I tried to pull well over the center line when I stopped. A car would have to go off the road to get by me and it allowed the kids to get on/off the bus without getting into the weeds. I don’t know the legality of it, but I was never challenged. Perhaps we could make that a policy. The state could impose the death penalty for passing a stopped bus and it likely wouldn’t help. People that are doing this are not reading or seeing the news and are ignorant of the law. I would propose billboards with a stern message. If billboard rental is an issue, there is a lot of space on the back side of a bus. Might take an act of Congress to allow this, but let’s do it.
— Rex Helms
Reason to smile
As I was enjoying my cup o’ joe and the Salisbury Post this morning (Oct. 18), I was pleasantly surprised to come upon an article about my forever-friend, Judy Ridenhour. Among all the sad events lately in Rowan County, it was so good to read such a happy, make-you-smile article!
Thanks to Dicy McCullough and the Salisbury Post.
— Jane Patterson
Invitation for Kann. voters
I have a very special invitation to all Kannapolis residents. You have the opportunity to be part of the election process for our new mayor.
The city is charged with the task of providing the best services utilizing your tax dollars in the wisest manner. One critical factor will be economic development/business recruitment/expansion. The best qualified and most experienced person to be our new mayor is Darrell Hinnant. Darrell is always professional in his thinking and decision making, and acts in the best interest of our citizens. He has the vision, maturity, wisdom and courage to lead our city into the future. Darrell will take the city to the next level and make us proud of his leadership.
Please check out his website (darrellhinnant.com) for his qualifications. It is more than impressive! With Darrell, the city will be on very solid footing. Please join me in voting for Darrell Hinnant for Kannapolis mayor.
— Jim Moore
Letters endorsing candidates in the Nov. 5 municipal elections must be received in the Salisbury Post newsroom by 5 p.m., Oct. 30.