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Letters to the editor — Saturday (9-27-08)

Thanks for big help with Big Sweep
The 2008 Rowan County Big Sweep cleanup was a big success.
109 volunteers cleaned six sites and collected 4,240 pounds of trash in four hours, including six tires and one refrigerator.
I would like to thank everyone who volunteered for your participation.
I would especially like to thank:
Kim Wilkins and Cindy Misenheimer from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, who brought a “bus load” from Early College; Ernest Ritchie, Wynne Youngblood and East Rowan High School Sigma Phi Gamma club; Alfred Wilson and Troop 448; Neal Conner and son from High Rock Paddlers; Monica Humphries and her Girl Scouts; Cub Scout troop 442; Ty Hovda and High Rock Community Church youth group; Southern States, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Tommy Leazer for supplying gloves; Rowan County for waiving dumping fees; Waste Management for supplying two dumpsters; Dan Nicholas Park for supplying trash bags and pickups for hauling trash.
Thanks, we’ll do it again next year!
Anyone interested in participating next year, please call me at 704-216-7833.
ó Mike Lambert
Dan Nicholas Park
Lambert is an assistant naturalist at Dan Nicholas Park and coordinator for the Rowan County Big Sweep.
Pet project benefit
I would like to thank everyone who came out to Sasha’s Birthday Party at the Stitchin’ Post on Sept. 6. More than $1,200 was raised for Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, and three car loads of pet food and supplies were collected. Your concern, care and donations confirmed the need for a no-kill facility.
Thank you for your overwhelming generosity. Sasha says we look forward to seeing you next at the second annual Sasha’s Birthday Party to benefit Faithful Friends.
ó Pam Hylton Coffield
Salisbury
Bad decisions at VA
As a veteran who has had surgery at the VA, I’m concerned about the wrong decision Washington bureaucrats have made in regard to the closure of in-patient and surgery care.
The priorities are not for us veterans but in cutting cost. Which brings me to the wasteful spending of the taxpayers’ money. It wasn’t long ago that a Post article described how the VA had spent hundreds of thousands dollars to renovate the surgery suites,which now are going to be closed. I believe the taxpayers, the hard-working VA employees being affected and America’s veterans are getting the shaft once again by bad decisions coming out of Washington.
I know from experience what a hassle veterans have to go through to get outside-contracted health care. It’s a paperwork nightmare, and outside healthcare does not have the compassion for veterans with mental and health care issues. Sorry to say, it’s all about money. President Lincoln and his promise to veterans apparently have fallen on deaf ears.
Even overwhelmed with new veterans, the Salisbury VA does an outstanding job; leave it alone. If it’s not broken, don’t mess with it.
ó Roderick J. Lapham
Salisbury

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