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Letters to the editor – Sunday (5-18-08)

North Rowan High has rich history
I have been following the articles about North Rowan High and its current struggles. I am saddened by the thought of North Rowan shutting down.
The articles about the changing of conferences and the trouble that North has been having getting the support it needs is tragic because North is such an interesting and diverse school with a rich history. I know this because I graduated from there, and I wouldn’t change anything about my experiences while I was a student there!
Next year, North will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I would like to see it last for 50 more years! I pray that this issue will continue to be visited and scrutinized and gain more support. North may have its issues, but it is a good school, and not one worth losing!
ó Kara Knight
Bad drivers are a big problem
I feel that the quality, or lack of it, in Rowan County drivers needs to be brought to the public’s attention.
In the past week I have noticed the following: Let’s start with those that are in judgment of the public’s driving ability, law enforcement. I personally witnessed a Rowan County sheriff’s deputy commit multiple moving violations while traveling Jake Alexander Boulevard from Stokes Ferry Road to Statesville Avenue. This included excessive speed, improper lane change, following too closely, borderline reckless operation. I wondered where the deputy was headed in such a hurry. Well, I found out. The deputy was en route to Hendrix Barbeque. I also witnessed a Salisbury police officer traveling 55 in a 35, later a 20 mph, zone on the way back to the police station.
With such lax ability being demonstrated by law enforcement, it’s not beyond reason for the general population to be even worse. I rarely see a turn signal; I see U-turns performed everywhere, excessive speed, improper lane changes, unsafe following distances, inability to negotiate a four-way stop and, of course, hit and run.
Today, while my vehicle was parked at the Hefner VA hospitial, a very poor driver left some of the red paint from their vehicle on my blue one. Of course, the driver didn’t report it. Thanks a lot. This is the second time recently that my vehicle has been damaged by careless drivers in Rowan County. Previously, I was struck by an illegal alien with a valid N.C. driver’s license and no insurance.
Rowan County, let’s get a grip on driving. Be responsible, learn the law and abide by it (law enforcement, you’re not above the law, either). Let’s hang up the cell phones, put down the burgers and pay attention. I can’t afford to keep paying for your incompetence.
ó Diana Wilson


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