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Letters to the editor – Saturday (5-31-08)

Rescue Squad supports Scouting
The programs of the Boy Scouts of America have their greatest impact on young people through the efforts, time, talent, generosity and leadership of hundreds of adult volunteers. Crucial support also comes from countless organizations, including that of churches, civic clubs, schools, and government and business agencies. Among those key relationships in this community are the employees and administrative staff members of the Rowan County Rescue Squad.
This support and interest has been maintained and strengthened over many years. The items so helpful to Scouting include the following. The Rowan County Rescue Squad provides a vehicle, trained professionals, and complete emergency first aid care on-site for Cub Scout Day Camp and charters an Explorer Post for teenagers interested in learning about all aspects of Emergency Services as a possible career or avocation. The squad also brings the huge rescue airboat and required personnel to the annual Learning for Life Day at Camp John J. Barnhart for special education classes throughout the Rowan- Salisbury Schools System.
The volunteer and professional staff of the Central North Carolina Council, Boy Scouts of America, is deeply grateful to Eddie Cress, director, and the selfless and helpful employees of the Rowan County Rescue Squad for their leadership and support of Scouting. The Rowan County Rescue Squad, Inc., is an agency of the United Way of Rowan County.
ó Jim Sawyer
Salisbury
Sawyer is a district executive with the Boy Scouts of America.
Act of kindness
Recently our beloved family dog was hit and killed by a school bus in our neighborhood. Obviously not expected and unfortunately unavoidable, she ran into the path of a bus. She was an English bulldog who never had the energy to run toward anything. I’m not sure how many children were left on the bus; hopefully, not many. But the kindness of one girl and her family touched mine. The next day, there was an unexpected knock at our door. It was one of the students from the bus with a sympathy card. This simple gesture and act of kindness meant a lot to us. So my family would like to thank Chloe Hopper and her family for thinking of us and taking time out of your day to care and pray for us.
Thank you so much.
Chuck, Blakely, Taylor, Tianna & Braeden Quinn
Salisbury
Salute to a vet
Thank you for the front-page photo of Max Simmerson in the May 27 edition of the Post. You could not have chosen a better veteran to feature in a photograph.
I worked with Max for 30 years. I can’t think of any other veteran I know personally who better exemplifies honor, hard work and dedication to God, country and family than Max Simmerson.
ó Ron Safrit
Salisbury
Smoke-free dining
A recent story in the Salisbury Post brought attention to the Mambo Grill, a new restaurant in Salisbury. The Smoke Free Rowan coalition would like to further highlight that Mambo Grill is a smoke-free restaurant. Food tastes better and one’s dining experience is much more enjoyable (and healthier) when the air is free of secondhand smoke. For a list of the more than 100 local restaurants and businesses that are smoke-free, visit smokefreerowan.com.
ó Dr. Jim Cowan
Salisbury
Cowan is the chairman of Smoke Free Rowan and Allied Health Services director for the Rowan County Health Department.

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