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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (4-7-09)

Caught speeders have themselves to blame
In response to Perry Harris’ April 6 letter (about the “No Need 2 Speed” campaign), I have no sympathy for the people who were pulled over. I am tired of people speeding through small neighborhoods like mine full of children and elderly, acting as if they own roads and intersections and endangering the lives of those around them. Those lives are just as important as anyone else’s and are worth protecting. Those of us who try to get away with breaking the law have only ourselves to blame when we are caught and punished, whether times are tough or not. Want to save some money? Obey traffic laws. You won’t pay fines, and you’ll save on gas as well.
ó David Wilson
Salisbury
School mergers & money
North Carolina has 100 counties. In 1989, all counties were required to merge, resulting in 100 school systems. Now, it is 2009 and not all counties have merged. Why not? Most of the Salisbury city school employees did not want to merge. I can’t speak for Rowan County. Discussions between the Salisbury school system and the Rowan County system resulted in merger. Very sad day! The new system should have been called the Salisbury/Rowan School System! There has been ongoing opposition and resentment between Salisbury and Rowan County since 1989.
A way that all school systems in North Carolina can save money is to do away with “double dipping.” School employees can retire and then “double dip” for another year. The retired employees can draw their retirement plus full salary. Some employees come out of retirement and draw full salary. There should be a limit on how many times one can come out of retirement! This includes all certified school employees (administrators, principals, teachers, etc.). The North Carolina State Department of Education should move forward and put this on its agenda to stop employees from “double dipping.” This would save money and open up positions for new teachers who are just as qualified.
ó Bob Wood
Salisbury

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