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Letters to the editor – Saturday (4-26-08)

Students’ assistance greatly appreciated
I took my mother, who is a cancer survivor, to the kickoff banquet for Relay for Life at the YMCA on Tuesday night. My mother has to use a walker at all times, and I usually stop as close as I can, get her walker out and help her, then go find a parking place.
When we arrived at the Y, there was a group of young people out front waiting for anyone who drove up. They immediately came around to my side of the car, took the keys while another young man got the walker out of the back and helped my mother out of the car. When we got ready to leave, they were right there waiting, made a place for her to sit while they went after the car, brought it right up to us and helped her back in. I tried to pay them, and they absolutely refused. They said they were doing this for Relay for Life.
I really think they need to know how much they were appreciated and receive recognition for their wonderful attitude and acts of kindness. I have asked around until I finally found out they were the FFA of West Rowan High School. Thanks again to some wonderful young people.
ó Patricia Proctor
Statesville
Thanks, neighbors
Good Neighbors of Rowan County wishes to thank everyone who supported our efforts. A special thanks to those who took action to stop this annexation plan that would financially hurt the residents of both the city and the county. We would also like to let Rowan County taxpayers know that our fight has not cost them a dime. Your neighbors, through the GNORC, have paid their way in this fight. We would also like to recognize the county commissioners for their strong leadership and their actions for the good of the entire county during this process.
ó Mark Davis
Salisbury
Davis is president of Good Neighbors of Rowan County.
Candidate with ideas
While I was teaching science at West Rowan Middle School, I received a call from Raymond Coltrain, the superintendent at the Piedmont Research Station at the time. He was interested in sharing the resources of the research station with students. With several other middle school teachers, we planned the first Agricultural Awareness Day. As the students visited the various displays prepared for them, they received a greater appreciation for where our food comes from. Now, Joe Hampton, the new superintendent, is continuing what Raymond started by offering the research station to all teachers as needed.
Raymond also started the biz-ed program at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, which has led many young people to choose agriculture careers.
As an educator, I really appreciated Raymond’s efforts and interests in education. We need his insight and innovative ideas to ensure a successful future for Rowan County. He would make an excellent county commissioner.
ó Betty Pinkston
Salisbury
Campaign letters
Letters endorsing local candidates in the May 6 primary should be limited to 150 words and must be received in the Salisbury Post newsroom by 5 p.m. April 30.

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