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Letters to the editor – Monday (11-3-08)

Agency offers great shredding service
We have a wonderful service being offered by Rowan Vocational Opportunities on Old Concord Road here in Salisbury. The people at this fine organization offer paper-shredding services at extremely reasonable rates. Individuals and businesses can avail themselves of this secure, affordable service and help this local charity at the same time.
I recently had the pleasure of working with this organization and could not be more pleased with the friendly, helpful people and the affordable service. It is a rewarding, symbiotic relationship ó I received a valuable service at a very reasonable price, and the non-profit organization was able to receive money to help continue its fine work in the community. If you have paper-shredding needs, small or large, why not try this organization? It is an excellent way to dispose of all those old personal papers, checks, receipts, etc., to avoid identity theft that might result from these items getting into the wrong hands, or to dispose of business records that must be destroyed.
I think you will be very pleased and will be helping people in our community at the same time.
ó Joyce Triplett
Salisbury
Rowan Vocational Opportunities is a United Way agency that provides job training and life skills for people with disabilities. For more information, visit www.rowanvocopp.org or call 704-633-6223.
You can help West win ‘food’ challengeTwo weeks ago, in a church newsletter, I came across an astounding statistic that is shocking, even with the economy as it is. According to the newsletter, West Rowan Helping Ministries-West took in 400 lbs. of canned food, but on the other end, it sent out 1,700 lbs. For all of you that aren’t mathematicians, the amount of food going out is over four times as much as the food being brought in.
Therefore, I have devised a challenge that includes people within the community, as well as Mooresville, to help demolish these incredible numbers. The challenge consists of students from each community competing to raise the most money.
On Nov. 7, West Rowan will host Mooresville in a showdown that could potentially declare the conference champs. Our goal is to beat the Blue Devils on and off the field, but that can only be achieved through your support. Not only will you contribute in taking down our rivals, but with your help, this fundraiser will be successful in changing the lives of those around us. You may ask, “What can I do to help out those in need?”
The answer is simple. All I am asking for is a donation of any kind. Checks should be written to West Rowan Helping Ministries-West and mailed to West Rowan High School, in care of Garret White, by Nov. 5. Proceeds will go straight to the organization, where they can choose exactly how they spend it. The results will be announced at halftime. Please, give back to the community and watch God work in his wondrous ways.
ó Garrett White
Mt. Ulla
The mailing address is West Rowan High School; 8050 N.C. Highway 801, Mt. Ulla, NC 28125.
Redistricting study raises questionsPatty Williams, stand your ground. You are the only school board member who is doing their job.
The board voted to spend $40,000 for a study on redistricting. The board said it did not want to be bound by the study. The board also stated it would jump over certain areas. I want to know if the Country Club and Country Club Hills are two of these areas. This means my grandchildren in the West district would be bused around these subdivisions. They will have to go twice as far to the North district as they would if they stay where they are, or were sent to Salisbury High.
Changes have to be made for the best interest of our children. There will be some who will not like these changes; however, they have to be made. The board members who voted for this study need to resign; you do not have the character or integrity to represent our schools. If this is a big problem, maybe you should consider reassigning the North students to our other high schools and use that facility to house the school administration instead of buying other property.
ó Charles Owen
Salisbury
Sidewalks can have many benefits
Last Wednesday my school walked around the block to support building sidewalks near the North district schools. I think it would be a good opportunity for kids who ride bikes or kids who want to ride bikes to school. Kids who ride bikes could get injured if there are no sidewalks. It is also good exercise.
If you build sidewalks, the school could run fewer buses and save money. Then the school could use that money for more computers to help us learn more.
Last, but not least, if you build sidewalks we can get more exercise. You and your neighbors could enjoy it. People could get out and walk their pets safely. Adults and children would get more exercise, and it would be healthier for everyone.
Finally, please consider putting in sidewalks. It would help kids riding their bikes to school. Save money and let us kids get more exercise!
ó Gabe Scheve
(Fifth grade) Spencer
The lesson for all: Nobody wins fightIn response to the recent letter “School fight was no surprise”:
Lisa Bradford, I can empathize with you and can only hope this incident hasn’t left a lasting effect on your son.
But this incident was different from what happened to your son. Both students were involved in the fight. They were hitting and punching each other.
We have heard only one side of the story so far. No one knows the events that led up to this fight. And already, opinions have been formed against one student.
It’s unfortunate that this child got hurt, but these are the chances you take when you fight. Everyone seems to forget that both students have been hurt by this incident. One physically and the other mentally. As far as the school’s part in this, administrators had no choice but bring assault charges against both students, since both were fighting. This incident should be an eyeopener for other students.
ó Barbara Williams
Mt. Ulla
Key player missing from homecoming?
A key player was missing during the entire second half of the Salisbury High School homecoming football game played this past Monday night.
After fulfilling its half-time obligations on the field, the band never returned to the stadium. It was a tight race all the way in the second half, with SHS seniors finally experiencing a homecoming win. The fans kept looking to see if the band, a key player in encouraging the team along the way, had reappeared. But there was no fight song celebrating each hard-fought touchdown, no stand tunes adding to the excitement of the game, no final homecoming “Hey, Look at that Hornet.”
No one stole the SHS band’s thunder Monday night; the band just gave it away. Just where were those Hornets?
ó Shelby Barton
Salisbury

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