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Letters to the editor – Monday (4-6-09)

‘No need 2 Speed’ is all about raising revenue
Concerning operation “No need 2 Speed” (April 3 article), I found it shameful. I would like to rename it, “Operation Pickpocket,” which is essentially what it was. We are in the midst of an economic tailspin, in an area of massive layoffs and unemployment. Many of us are trying to make the mortgages to keep our homes. Meanwhile, officers that I witnessed arrogantly “served” their superiors’ interests and “protected” their budgets by fining away our last few cents for menial traffic offenses.
Displayed was an interdepartmental co-op strike force in various areas pulling over many people on their way to/from work, retraining and daily travels. Why were officers from Kannapolis, China Grove and Spencer out of jurisdiction? The answer is money. I saw officers on the Jake Alexander overpass running radar for the seven or more cruisers waiting on the ramp to get their “perps.” It’s too bad that our police departments aren’t inclined to show this sort of dedication and zeal with inter-departmental cooperation to clean up our bad areas, drug houses and arrest felons. Traffic violations are certainly more profitable.
I hope the organizers of this shameless fiasco met their monetary quota, but remember food was taken off of the tables of good citizens and children who are suffering enough as it is. Far be it from me to point out the fact that some of the small towns that contributed officers to this event were left virtually unprotected. I also hope that the law-enforcement community is above reprisals against someone exercising their first amendment right by printing a grievance. Is there any chance that the law enforcement community (the citizens’ employees) will disclose how much money was made at our expense? I wasn’t speeding and consequently was not ticketed on this day, in case you were wondering.
ó Perry Harris
Spencer
Thanks to EDC event sponsors, participants
On behalf of the Salisbury-Rowan Economic Development Commission, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the organization and delivery of the “Tapping the Billions” event at the Holiday Inn on Thursday, April 2.
Our corporate sponsors, Rowan Jobs Initiative and Duke Energy, made it possible for the EDC to provide an informational and timely service to the local business community. A special thanks is extended to Linda Sherrill of the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and Barbara Hall, director of the Small Business Center of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, for their coordination and support. I also want to thank Mark Wineka for the great media coverage in Friday’s Post.
Our hope is that this event will result in more government dollars being reinvested in our Rowan County. Thank you especially to the many business and community agency representatives who attended ó please let us know how the EDC can assist you in growing and retaining your business. Working together we can accomplish good things for our community.
ó Jeanie Moore
Salisbury
Jeanie Moore is chairwoman of the Salisbury-Rowan EDC.

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