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Letters to the editor – Thursday (5-01-08)

Presidents need true spiritual guidance
It would appear that Reverend Wright has dealt a lethal blow to Senator Obama’s presidential aspirations. Yet, taking all into account, this may not be the case. Those who live outside the South rarely understand the abilities of vastly different cultures to coincide. What many see on replays of the reverend may simply be what happens in black churches regularly. Religion doesn’t require non-animated robots to sit in formation and hear just one dialogue.
Yet, here is where I take a different view on the circus surrounding the reverend’s comments. Knowing the severe damage the excerpts have done to Obama, there’s a deeper question to be asked. Our country has survived and thrived by very basic thoughts and considerations. One of those is separation of church and state. The reverend stated recently that “he does what politicians do, I do what ministers do.”
Really? How does it come to the thought process of a clergyman to state that God almighty ought to condemn America? By what stretch of the imagination does a minister use God’s name in vain? Obama has correctly redefined his relationship with Wright. Yet, what other advisor or confidant is left there in the backlog waiting to make more unexplainable comments?
If Senator Obama makes it to the White House, I pray he has the opportunity to seek the guidance of God’s most humble yet ardent servant. Were Billy Graham a younger man, he would guide the senator’s soul and spirit rather than his career. Over decades, Reverend Graham has prayed with presidents to seek God within themselves and never once turn the discourse to politics or personal gains.
If the senator from Illinois takes the oath of office, I sincerely hope his spiritual advisor helps him with one small phrase of that oath: “so help me God.”
ó A.J. Moore
Salisbury
Vo-tech revisited
Regarding Michael G. Cobb’s Monday column about vocational-technical education:
Vo-tech at North Rowan?
Michael Cobb, are you suggesting that Salisbury-Rowan School system do something unconventional? Why, that would be like the United States asking Mexico to become the 51st state!
How would that improve anything?
ó Steve Arey
Salisbury
Faithful candidates
Frank Deal (April 20 letter) is absolutely wrong about Jim Sides’ faith!
America was built on faith. Faith matters. Faith is trust in the unseen power of God (Hebrews 11:01 and I Corinthians 2:5).
Jim Sides is a level-headed candidate for Rowan County because of his faith. He is a trusted servant.
A candidate with good character, Carl Ford, has fine capability. He is always busy serving us. He cares.
I’m inviting the special folks from the “Fight Against Drugs” parade that we all rode in with you, and helped make this parade happen, to also elect these two great men of faith by voting for them ó Carl Ford and Jim Sides ó with a capital “T.”
ó P.J. Carter
Salisbury
Not a ‘me too’ man
I support Jim Sides and believe every voter in Rowan should. Here are some of my reasons:
Consistency: The Salisbury Post and other opponents state that he is the same as when he served 20 years ago.
Steadfast: Tells you what he believes and lives it. Jim really loves the county and its people and believes he can help them all.
Honesty: What he says can be counted on.
Open-minded: Never votes on a contract or resolution without researching statutes and ordinances and determining whether it is best for Rowan. He supports the candidate he determines is best, rather than being a “me too” stamp for the party. Proof: His support for Tina Hall.
He is definitely doing something right or there would not be so much opposition from both Republicans and Democrats.
There are other reasons; the biggest one is that he looks after the little guy.
ó Calvin W. Dover
China Grove

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