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Fairgrounds has room for inmates
I have been reading with interest your recent stories on the jail situation and this morning (March 10) was infuriated with your latest, “Inmates offer solutions.”
I have a few ideas that would cut down on the overcrowding: Set up the inmates at the fairgrounds in tents and sleeping bags. Let them make the repairs to the buildings and grounds. They can also prepare and cook their meals.
Since we (the taxpayers) are already supporting them, why not take full advantage of the situation? This would give them breathing room, fresh air and daylight, which they said they do not get enough of. I would feel better knowing that they are putting something positive back into society rather than complaining about their situation while they are lounging, playing cards or listening to music while their basic needs are being met.
And who forced them into jail? They are there because they broke the law, and it amazes me to read some of the comments about their “sad situation.” I do not feel sorry for them. I agree that the situation in the courts needs to be improved. Why don’t we change the laws and send convicted criminals to the front line in Iraq and let them help defend our freedom ó the very freedom that they take advantage of? If they had to endure the situation there, they might appreciate their freedom and become law-abiding citizens.
And why are we housing illegal aliens? There are so many things wrong with this picture. I cannot imagine the frustration of the Sheriff’s Office in trying to deal with this. Why have we become so complacent and accommodating in dealing with criminals? If they did not have it so easy in jail, they surely would not want to go there. Think about it.
ó Teressa Craven
Salisbury
School doubletalk
The Rowan-Salisbury School Board will decide the Cleveland/Woodleaf consolidation issue according to cost. This board could care less about the value of smaller schools. The budget will dictate its actions, not the opinions of the parents. Their selling point will be the money saved, not the lowering of standards. This board seems to have no problem lowering standards and forcing fascist-like policies. Those two schools will combine despite citizens’ objections. If you are not in the select few, your opinion will be ignored. You will be “heard” but not listened to.
Please remember, some of those school board members are up for re-election this year. So is it doubletalk and rhetoric or actual concern from a politician during an election year?
It did not surprise me that this issue took priority over the new administration building. What better way to pretend you care than put the actual reason you are in office over a chance for more comfortable offices? Did you notice that some of those members not up for re-election objected to the new school taking priority? Would their priorities be the same if it was 2009?
ó Eric Loftin
Salisbury

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