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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (9-17-08)

Rowan County United Way has record of fiscal responsibility
Thank you for the Salisbury Post’s recent articles on the United Way campaign, and concerning the local operation of our Rowan County United Way organization.
We are fortunate in Rowan County to have involved professional and volunteer leadership that ensures our local United Way reflects the traditional values of our community. Volunteer donors establish the policies and procedures that govern the overall operation, determine the United Way budget and the allocations that each agency receives, and provide oversight as funds are being spent on providing services to our citizens.
Over the last 18 years that we have been involved as a United Way agency, I have witnessed the serious dedication of United Way volunteers in making sure each contributed dollar is used as efficiently and effectively as possible. This culture of fiscal responsibility extends to all aspects of our local United Way and member agency operations. It is a public trust everyone takes very seriously.
There are many charitable organizations around. None are more fiscally responsible in its dedication to its donors than the Rowan County United Way.
I sincerely hope that our community will continue to recognize the Rowan County United Way’s solid reputation for fiscal responsibility by supporting the current campaign.
ó Rick Eldridge
Salisbury
Eldridge is executive director of the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.
Gas prices fuel frustration
As I watched the prices of gas continue to climb upward, I asked myself, when do the American people say “we have had enough”? I could not help but notice that we are creating our own panic in the gas situation. Why does gas increase from $3.65 to $4.29 and higher in some areas in four days?
The United States should show some backbone and tell OPEC and all the other oil-producing countries, we will cease all our monetary aid to your country, no matter what it is for, until something is done to lower gas prices. But the United States won’t do that. We are the so-called “good guys.” As a result, we are being taken advantage of by the rest of the world, while our own people are going through hardships as a result of it.
It will be interesting to see how many more billions Exxon will clear during this time. I become more and more angered as I watched the price gouging ó legal larceny, if you will.
It is time that the United States shouts “We have had enough!” ó and meant it.
ó William A. Foley
Salisbury
Brave souls rescue dumb ones
Once again, brave dumb souls have not heeded the advice of the authorities on the beach front and not evacuated before the storm. The brave rescuers have had to spend time searching for these dummies when they should be sitting in a shelter hundreds of miles away. All had plenty of time to evacuate. The rescue helicopters should shuttle all of them to a jail somewhere for a short stay.
ó Dan Patterson
Spencer

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