Letters: Bed-bug report not laid to rest yet
Bed-bug report not laid to rest yet
Regarding the July 30 article about bedbugs at a local motel:
What happened to the truth? The Salisbury Post and the Rowan County Tourism Development Authority may be damaging a local business by telling an unverified story. Fortunately, the story gives enough information for an analytical reader to wonder if it is true.
Do we really know that the motel had bedbugs simply because one couple says so? Could there be a reason for an erroneous report by the couple that rented the room? Apparently, the motel thinks so, per the newspaper story, and I have reason to believe the motel.
Some years ago, when I was a young insurance adjuster, I encountered a similar situation.
The insurance company with whom I was employed asked me to drop everything and hastily make my way to a local motel to visit a disruptive guest who claimed to have been injured in a room by a falling clothes rack. I went to the motel, inspected the downed rack, looked at the head wound of the guest and quickly agreed to pay the guest some money in exchange for a release of all claims against the motel. When I told the guest that I would mail a check to her home address she said, “I need the money now. How am I going to get home?” It was then I concluded that the accident was probably staged in order to get traveling funds. I could have been wrong, but it smelled suspicious to me. The circumstances made me sincerely question it.
The same can be said of the bedbug story. The Post said that the Health Department found no record of previous complaints, nor any evidence of bugs. The alleged bug-bitten guests got a free room in exchange for their agitation. Some investigative journalism with a follow-up story is needed to, hopefully, reveal the truth.
ó James A. Huyck
RCCC rent too high
If 1,000 students enrolled at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College per year to train at the Research Campus at $2.2 million per year, it would cost taxpayers $2,200 just to pay the rent for each student to be there training for jobs that will never exist in those numbers.
This money could be used for a permanent building for RCCC that could provide needed instruction space. Whoever was allowed to approve this, and to whom are they responsible? Castle & Cooke is getting richer every day at the expense of taxpayers for absolutely insane things. Educate people, but not for jobs which will never exist in these numbers. Many people could be helped for the amount of our tax dollars being wasted.
This should be investigated, and people should have to answer to the public for this waste. This has absolutely gotten completely out of hand and has to stop. The people here need to be protesting this instead of the removal of Dale flags. It costs you a lot more money.
ó Ken Dennis