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Letters to the editor – Thursday (7-31-08)

Hope and change we can all believe in
While we are nestled in the summer calm between the end of the primaries and the beginning of the serious campaigning, I’ve given some thought to the words around which Senator Obama has built his campaign ó hope and change.
I have a couple things that I’d like to say about hope and change myself.
I hope that everyone gets involved, registers and votes. It is a civic duty and a right that many of our forefathers fought for and died to preserve. Never take it lightly.
I hope that you seriously consider for what and whom you stand. Take the time to earnestly research all those who solicit your vote. Remember, they are the ones begging for a job.
I hope you are true to yourself more so than to your party. Have the courage to change your vote, if need be, for the candidate who suits you. It’s easy to follow a crowd; lemmings do it all the time.
Lastly, I hope you remember that before we are Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans. Before we are conservatives or liberals, we are neighbors and friends.
Keeping that at the forefront is change worth hoping for.
ó Bob Burris
Salisbury
Rules to live by
Sometimes it’s advisable to lie or cheat or break the rules. But most of the time, we should go by the rules, tell the truth and behave responsibly. I have studied the Bible extensively and attended many churches. The one thing I abide by is the golden rule, which helps me form my own guidelines to live by. The golden rule is not so much a rule as a suggestion to help you form your own ethics and guidelines to live by.
ó Cody Yasinsac
Salisbury
Kind rescuers
I just wanted the public to know what a wonderful bunch of men belong to our fire departments and rescue squads. I had an accident at Franklin Grocery on Friday, July 25. Those who came to my aid were so kind and considerate. I cannot say enough, but thank and God bless you.
ó Grady Holshouser
Salisbury

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