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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (6-11-08)

Knox administrator sets right example
As the guardian of a student at Knox Middle School, I would like to recognize assistant principal, Brian Moragne El. My child started at Knox last school year (2006-07) and it was not a good year for her. Ever since Mr. Moragne El has been at Knox, she has been doing a lot better both behaviorally and academically.
Mr. Moragne El looks at each child as an individual, and it is evident that he shows nothing but love, care and concern for them. Besides being someone who is concerned about the students, Mr. Moragne El is very professional. He carries himself like a professional and is extremely competent as an administrator with the utmost insight. Before my child enrolled at Knox, I heard a lot of horror stories, but Mr. Moragne El has proven that those comments were simply lies. From what I heard, several students and teachers are impressed with the ideas Mr. Moragne El has tried to implement this school year. He is not the type of leader that would spread lies or hearsay about people on the staff, and of course, a leader should not. He has accurate judgment about problematic situations before they arise and has a heart for the general welfare of Knox Middle School.
My child’s teachers have said that Mr. Moragne El leads by example, has high expectations for himself and others and does not accept mediocrity in any way, shape or form. Mr. Moragne El is to be commended for his efforts.
ó Sheree Dillard
Salisbury
Pops was tops
Every now and then something really good comes along. “Pops at the Post” on June 7 was one of those things. It was my first time at the event and I hope it is not my last. Even with the heat, the event was very enjoyable. My thanks to all the people and sponsors who made it possible and a special thanks to the the Salisbury Symphony who went beyond the call of duty to play in the heat.
The crowd was very well behaved and it was good to meet some of our Rowan County neighbors. Events like the Pops are another good reason to live in Rowan County.
ó Edgar Overcash
Mooresville
Waiting for wagesI read with a sad heart and tear-stained face about Dave Risdon’s continuing problems with his race track. Now that I’ve finished that joke, I will get down to facts. After eight years, Risdon still owes former Color-Tex employees four days wages they earned working for him. We are not talking about 401k money or vacation pay, but what people actually worked for and earned.
Risdon keeps saying “soon.” However, he keeps dodging the issue and will not give a straight answer. It would be nice if workers would get interest, along with the actual wages owed, but, alas, now I’m really dreaming.
High Rock Raceway’s real trouble is a creator who will not keep his word. I wonder if his problems would go away if he paid the former employees what he owes them.
Hmmm. Maybe you do reap what you sow, after all. Maybe the former employees should have a lien placed on that pile of dirt he calls a race track. I hope it takes as long to get the race track running as it has for the Color-Tex workers to get paid.
It’s long past time to pay up, Risdon.
ó Eunice Goodman
Salisbury

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