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Letters to the editor (11-22-08)

Let’s put bailout up for a vote ó and give CEOs a pay cut
Let’s think about the average American worker who is out of a job, or about to be.
If you have been watching the news, you know about the bailouts and the smug CEOs who are asking for money.
They don’t even know how much they need. They want a blank check so they can keep on building junk. They’re forcing people to buy foreign autos. Well, people, Toyota, Honda and Nissan do build better cars and trucks.
Why is it that foreign automakers are not in trouble? Could it be they are not as greedy as American CEOs? Who on this side of heaven has to make several millions of dollars per year? The U.S. president makes only about half a million a year, and he runs a country.
Where are we losing it ó and why are we losing it? Let’s put the bailouts up to a vote. Let the real people have a say on it. After all, we pay the taxes (well, at least the majority of us do).
Well, Harry, Nancy, Barney and the rest of you Capitol Hill people: Tell the auto industry you might think of helping them if they roll back salaries of CEOs to reasonable amounts, not to exceed $300,000 a year. No bonuses! That works for me.
Also, park those corporate jets. When the CEOs need to go somewhere, take a bus or train or commercial jet (coach only).
Then you can be like the rest of us taxpayers.
So, Harry, Nancy and Barney, don’t ever forget this: It’s not your money; it belongs to all the taxpayers. Don’t be in such a hurry to give my money away.
ó C.P. Newmeyer
China Grove
Thanks for care, concern
This letter is to commend the wonderful hospital you have in Salisbury ó Rowan Regional Medical Center.
On Nov. 1, 2008, we traveled from Kinston to Salisbury to watch our family member, Brandon Sutton, a defensive lineman on the Catawba College football team, play against Brevard. While at the game, Brandon’s grandmother had a medical emergency. We transported her to Rowan Regional Medical Center, where she was treated with care, dignity and respect.
Special thanks to the emergency medical staff who attended our loved one. Thanks to Brandon’s coaches at Catawba College, Coach Hester and Coach Hubbard, for their phone calls and concern and also to the fans who were sitting near us at Shuford Stadium. May God bless you all. By the way, Grandmother Sutton is doing fine.
ó Vanessa Sutton
Kinston

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