Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Public safety issues
in East Spencer
I would like to see Lt. James Schmierer as the next police chief of East Spencer. He is a great person and has done a lot for the citizens and especially the kids of East Spencer. I really do not understand why he has not held the position as of yet, but I would like the mayor and the board of aldermen to consider giving him this position permanently instead of just temporarily.
Also, I would like to thank the resigning chief for going over budget to provide protection for the citizens of East Spencer; it’s nice to know someone is looking out for us and has our best interest at heart, even if our own elected officials do not. We need the police and fire departments just as much, if not more, than anything else. We can’t call the town administrator when someone’s breaking into our homes or if our homes catch on fire and expect him to do anything to help. First of all, he doesn’t live here and second, he’s not a firefighter or a police officer.
You (mayor and aldermen) really need to put more money in the budget for the police and fire departments and cut money where not as much is needed. Hey, since “the folks will have to learn to live with less,” why don’t you start by cutting the town administrator’s salary? Oh, there I go again; he doesn’t live here, so there’s no need for him to have to “learn to live with less,” is there?
Come on, citizens of East Spencer. It’s time to get some people in office who care about us and this town. It’s time to let our voices be heard!
ó Monica Evans
East Spencer
Nobody to trust
Robert Fink’s June 4 letter concerning the proposed immigration overhaul bill was right on line. We have a bunch of spineless representatives in Washington, Democrat and Republican, who are giving away everything this country was founded on. I haven’t had any confidence in Ted Kennedy since he drove off a bridge and killed that woman in Massachusetts, which proves money can cover up murder.
Last November, the majority of Americans voted to end this illegal Iraq war.
While little Hitler (Bush) and his SS troups are trying to invoke democracy in Iraq, he doesn’t seem to know what democracy means (rule by the majority).
It seems as if everything I fought for in World War II was for nothing.
If we had democracy in this country, Al Gore would be president.
As I see it, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld are as guilty of genocide as Hussein was.
ó Henry Bame
East Spencer
Many stepped up
This past Thursday, many wonderful people came to the walk-a-thon for our son, Coleton Boone. It was a joy-filled time of healing for us all. Coleton’s first goal was to walk unaided for his sister’s birthday (which he uneasily did). After he found out about the walk-a-thon, his second goal was to be discharged from hospitalized rehab and to walk at least one lap around the track. He was able to do this lap strong.
The grace and love of God has been so clear and manifested through so many people, in so many ways. From the friends and family who faithfully showed up at RRMC and CMC to keep him engaged and active, to the friends who stayed late at night to pick his legs up off the bed and exercise his muscles because he couldn’t, to the nurses who took such good care and just smiled at the things teenage boys find funny when gathered in a group, to the gifted doctors and compassionate physical therapists who diagnosed early and are helping Coleton to his goal, to the awesome loving parents and teachers who worked hard and organized the walk-a-thon, to the community as a whole who came together for Coleton’s benefit … everyone has been such a blessing. God’s grace and your prayers have brought us this far. Please, continue to keep us in your prayers as we are believing for 100 percent recovery.
There are so many things we take for granted every day until something like this happens. To say, “thank you” seems shallow and blank. We don’t have words to emphasize strongly enough how very grateful we are to everyone.
ó Scott and Robin Boone and family
Editor’s note: Coleton, who attends East Rowan High, is recovering from an illness that left him partially paralyzed.