• 48°

Letters to the editor – Tuesday (11-11-08)

Remember debt we owe veterans
On this Veterans Day, please remember America is the home of the free because of the brave. Thank a vet!
ó Lynne Sides
Salisbury
Election over, but the work goes on
Thanks to all of you who supported my candidacy for the N.C. 77th District seat. I regret that our district’s voters were unwilling to try a new prescription to address the ills of joblessness, dropouts, infrastructure disruption, illegal immigration or health care access and affordability. Nonetheless, I will continually work to try to heal those wounds which cause our troubles. I will continue to fight for a better, fairer and more effective North Carolina and America where we follow the dictates of our Constitution in putting citizens first.
ó Dr. Ada M. Fisher
Salisbury
Time to abolish straight ticket
I read your story about North Carolina ballots and how some people were confused because the option to vote for a straight “party vote” did not include the presidential election.
The officials at the polling place where I voted informed me about this, as well as having signs stating that you must also vote on the presidential election as a separate item.
Your story talked about how each party varied in their opinion on if a “straight party vote” should also include the presidential election.
I decided to wait until after the elections to bring this subject up.
I am going to propose something that both parties will probably oppose, even though it is in the best interests of the people and the state of North Carolina.
A “straight party vote” should be abolished. This applies to local, state and nationwide elections.
We need to look at and evaluate each candidate, based upon their individual merits, rather than upon their party affiliation. A “straight party vote” evades your responsibility to vote on who will do the best job in that position.
As a responsible voter, you need to do more than vote a straight-party ticket.
ó Bill McCranie
Salisbury
NCHSAA should rethink rules
The question here is not whether or not the punishment rendered by the N.C. High School Athletic Association was correct under the rules. It was. There was an ineligible player dressed which causes a forfeiture, regardless of the circumstances. This, however, is where the problem lies.
This is a zero tolerance policy. By their very nature, zero tolerance policies are inherently unfair. Policies such as these serve no purpose but to remove the burden of actual decision making from administrators. No matter what the offense, there are always mitigating and aggravating factors. In this case, because of the zero tolerance policy, the mitigating factors are not considered and the harshest punishment available is rendered. As a result, Salisbury has been forced to give away its undefeated season, the fun was taken out of the game for the Salisbury and Providence Grove players Friday night, and regardless of whether or not Pisgah will “have its head rocked” they will be forced to play a very tough ball game when they should be able to stroll right into the second round along with Salisbury.
The punishment has affected many more than those at Salisbury High and has, ultimately, done the opposite of its intention. This rule has removed the fun and fairness from the game for Salisbury and many others. I am not bitter about the NCHSAA’s decision, the result of this case will not be changed, nor should it be. The rule does need to be revised, however, for the benefit of future years. The presence of an ineligible player on the sidelines should not result in an automatic forfeiture of the game.
There is no excuse for the player’s presence, but there is plenty of excuse for being upset about the severity of the punishment.
ó Max Messinger
Salisbury

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

Blotter: Feb. 26

Crime

Salisbury, Kannapolis men charged with soliciting sexual acts

News

Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department

Nation/World

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

Elections

City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections

Business

‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan

Enochville

Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot