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Letters to the editor – Saturday (3-14-09)

Meals on Wheels says ‘thank you’
Meals on Wheels of Rowan would like to thank everyone who participated in our barbecue fundraiser on Tuesday, March 11. Whether you purchased a ticket, dropped by to eat, baked and donated a dessert or volunteered your time, you all helped make the event a huge success.
Space will not allow us to thank all who contributed individually, but we would like to take the opportunity to extend special thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury for allowing us to use the church’s facilities and to the staff of College Bar-B-Que for the great food and exceptional help that they provided.
Also, thank you to Jerry Dudley and Joy Gerock, who provided guidance through the day to all of our volunteers and helped things run smoothly. Finally, to the young men from Livingstone College’s Gamma Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Boy Scout Troop 443, it was a pleasure working with all of you and seeing your commitment and enthusiasm in helping others.
Once again, thanks to the entire community for your support of Meals on Wheels of Rowan, a Rowan County United Way Agency, and the work we do to help FEED the NEED and serve the homebound of Rowan County.
ó Connie Basinger
Salisbury
Basinger is president, Board of Directors, Meals on Wheels of RowanA kind cut
Thanks to the person or persons that cut up the tree that fell at 1909 Stokes Ferry Road. This was last week when we had the snow storm.
ó Elizabeth Morgan
Salisbury
Not a bright idea
He campaigned, you voted, he won and now he is president. In his first 51 days in office, the stock market dropped 30 percent, and he approved nearly 9,000 earmarks for unnecessary projects while folks go hungry. He supports abortion (the murdering of infants), and thousands have lost jobs.
He’s about to increase taxes on businesses which will most likely result in the further loss of jobs, perhaps your own. And his approval of billions in “stimulus payments” to bail out irresponsible entities will plunge this country so far in debt that taxes will have to be increased on everyone for the next 200 years. That’s assuming China, which owns most of our debt, doesn’t nationalize us before then.
He’s also going to raise your energy taxes on gas, oil, natural gas and electricity, further harming those who can least afford it. These are all serious threats to our current way of living, but the most serious is his threat to ban incandescent light bulbs. This would eliminate dining-room chandeliers with those nice little bulbs shaped like flames, Christmas tree lights, outdoor Christmas lights, flashlight bulbs, and bulbs in the dashboard of your car. He prefers us to use those piggly-wiggly looking bulbs containing hazardous materials that cannot be disposed of by conventional means. Can you imagine the huge White House Christmas tree adorned with thousands of piggly-wiggly bulbs? Not very becoming but it would definitely be a monument to all the pork project spending by both parties in Washington. Please help stop the president and Congress from banning these bulbs that have brought so much happiness and warmth to our lives. If you don’t, you’ll have to spend more than the $13 a week he’s promising you (if you work) to buy the new bulbs to replace all the incandescents in your homes.
ó Donald Schumacher
Salisbury
Cut CEO salaries
I am having a really hard time trying to understand the way top managers and top officials are being paid. Instead of the school system laying off teachers and/or shutting schools down to save money, why don’t they cut the pay of the superintendents? I don’t believe any of them should be making a six-figure salary.
If all CEOs and VPs cut their salaries along with their bonuses, the economy wouldn’t be in as bad a shape as it is now!
Give the money to the employees. They forget that the employees’ are making the money for the school, plant or business. The banker in Florida that gave all that money he received from selling his bank should receive the highest award the president hands out. That is a very smart man! Also, they need to put a stop to paying all these sports players so much money.
There is not one single person worth over $400,000 a year except for the president of the United States of America. No one!
ó David B. Harmon
Salisbury

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