Letters to the editor – Thursday (12-18-08)

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Donated lip balm makes its way to the troops
I am happy to say that all the lip balm donated by Filltech USA has been delivered to the troops through the following agencies:
I drove to Charlotte today and delivered 25,000 to the N.C. National Guard Family Readiness Program. In turn, they will deliver the product to Fort Bragg, where it will be shared with the USO for overseas delivery to the troops.
– 4,000 National Guard members with the 113th and others will be deploying in January, and the lip balm is very appreciated by them.
– 1,000 tubes were delivered to the 846th Transportation Co. of the Army Reserve Center in Salisbury.
– 500 tubes were delivered to Cabarrus County Wilmar Extension and Community Association so they could include the lip balm in their bags of Christmas packages for the troops.
– 500 tubes have been delivered to Rowan County families that have loved ones or friends serving in the desert theater of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Staff members of Sen. Richard Burr have called me and offered to drive down from Washington to pick up all of the lip balm and take it to a military base in Virginia.
I thanked them and told them I have just delivered all of the lip balm. They were very gracious with their offer of doing this on their days off.
Thank you, Salisbury Post, for your assistance in allowing this to happen. I also want to thank WSAT and WSTP for their assistance, and First Bank for allowing the product to be picked up at their bank. And of course, a big thanks to our military and their families for all that they do to keep safe.
ó Rodney Cress
Looking for fair value
Regarding the Dec. 14 article “Kannapolis homeowner refuses to sell”:
It is all right for the citizens of Kannapolis to be taxed at a different rate than the rest of the town if they are within two and a half miles of the N.C. Research Campus, supposedly because their property becomes more valuable, but truthfully, it is in order to pay tax-based bonds that they now can not give away. But then it is wrong for a citizen to make market value from the sale of his property if the city or David Murdock wants it for his project. It is Murdock’s project, even though it may be under the ownership of someone else. It is there to be part of his research center and make his rentals more valuable.
All of Kannapolis gets to pay for his infrastructure and anything he wants without the right to vote whether it is what they want to do or not. The tax value under eminent domain is a ripoff, and everyone knows it. More power to you if you get fair value, but do not count on it. Fairness is a rare commodity in Kannapolis. If Murdock does not sell, then he will “donate” his land and get a writeoff, which is more valuable to him than selling.
ó Ken Dennis
China Grove
Too much spending
When Mike Easley ran for governor of North Carolina, he promised not to raise taxes. Before he was in office six months, he started raising taxes. He raised taxes on everything he could in his first term, and the people of North Carolina voted him in for a second term!
He wasted our money on vacations for himself and his wife. He pretended that some of those trips were business trips. If he had been frugal, he would not have had to raise taxes and would have had plenty for our roads and bridges.
ó William E. Fisher