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Letters: Where were you, North supporters?

Where were you, North supporters?
As sat at the school board meeting Monday evening, I looked around the room at the parents, staff and students that attended in support of North Rowan. Yet, I wonder why aren’t there more here?
North is in a fight for its life. I know it seems as though all the controversy is about North’s drop in athletic standing, but that is only a symptom of a much bigger problem. North has had a drop in enrollment, and with that we are losing courses that the students need and want to take. The real controversy is that the school board has stood by while North slowly dies.
If you were at the meeting with me Monday night, then thank you for standing up for what is right. If enough people get behind a cause then a difference can be made.
For too long this school has been the punching bag for Rowan County. This negativity eventually trickles down to the students. What do you think it is like to get the feeling you go to the “bad school?” If you don’t want your child to feel this way, then where were you? This is a good school with great students, faculty and staff.
If you have a student in the North district, whether it’s in the elementary, middle or high school level, we need you to stand with us and as Mrs. Mauldin so passionately put it Monday night, “not be silent anymore.” The elementary and middle schools need to know that what is going on now will eventually affect your child too. You are welcome at all our meetings. Come to the PTA and the school board meetings. Learn what we’re all about and how you can help. Remember, these are my kids, your kids and our future.
ó LaShaye Overman
Salisbury
Vote for right person
If you have not already voted, I hope that you will go to the poll next Tuesday and vote for the person that does his homework. He is not for spending money unwisely and he is not for involuntary annexation. He is also not for raising your taxes.
In 1995, my taxes went up 33 percent. In 1999, they went up 40 percent. In 2002, they went up 36 percent, and in 2006 they went up 18 percent. With the economy the way it is, we can’t afford another tax-and-spend person on the county commission.
I hope that you will vote for Jim Sides and Carl Ford to help Jim out.
ó Lois F. Elliott
China Grove
Keep religion out of it
All the candidates are well-qualified to hold the position of county commissioner ó on the basis of their abilities, that is. But there are two that do not deserve the office: Jim Sides and Carl Ford, whose objectives are to use the office to advance their religion as much as possible.
Sides flaunts a red cross on his van and election signs. Trust in God? Sides means his god, his religion. Can we trust anyone who says that? What if the Texas polygamists were in office? What sort of laws would they pass?
Ford has his radio program to promote his religion, soliciting funds from listeners. His church has on several occasions invited Flip Benham, head of Operation Save America, to preach on the church’s TV program, advocating a Christian theocracy.
Leadership, the politicians proclaim. We don’t need leadership in a free, civilized society. We just need plain government and good administration.
ó R. Howard Andrews
Kannapolis
Conservative choices
Folks have asked my opinion as to my conservative choices for the Tuesday Republican Primary.
I will offer that the following candidates, in my opinion, are the best social and fiscal conservatives for the respective offices they seek. They have both the financial and organizational resources to successfully represent the conservative Republican Party platform and are candidates of sound Judeo/Christian values.
For U.S. senator, Sen. Elizabeth Dole. For governor, Sen. Fred Smith. For lieutenant governor, Sen. Robert Pittenger. For State House District 76, Rep. Fred Steen. For Rowan County commissioner (you have two votes) Commissioner Jim Sides and Carl Ford. For superintendent of public instruction, Eric H. Smith. For the N.C. Court of Appeals, Judge John M. Tyson and Dean R. Poirier. Go to www.ncgop.org for more information. Thank you.
ó Mac Butner
Salisbury
Good for Davie
Jesse “Pete” Gentry is a Republican candidate for Davie County commissioner. I have known Pete for over 30 years.
Pete has always been involved in the community and the county. He has missed very few commissioners’ meetings open to the public in the past years. He knows how the system works and could hit the ground running to improve life for citizens of Davie County. Because he has taken the time to attend so many meetings, he already has a plan to reallocate funds to pay for new schools instead of raising taxes. He also would like to have a performance audit of all county departments to discontinue any waste of our tax dollars. He does not have a personal agenda. He wants what is best for everyone in the county and will work toward that goal. He will bring change where it is needed in our county.
ó Kathy Ellis
Farmington

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