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Letters to the editor – Monday (5-11-09)

Our Dear Leader: What a concept
Our Dear Leader speaks to us almost daily. It always makes us feel good. It matters not what he says. It is the way he says it. Can anyone read from the teleprompter more captivatingly? When asked questions, he answers in parables, as messiahs often do.
His reminds us repeatedly that our problems are due to the maldistribution of wealth. That some of us have worked hard and saved is no reason not to share all that we have with those who took an easier path. Am I not my brother’s keeper?
There are those who oppose the Dear Leader, proving that they are racist; and probably sexist, misogynist, homophobes. Just ask any of his disciples in the mainstream media. Some of them confess to the thrill of spontaneous orgasm at the very sound of his voice.
Much of what the Dear Leader has done is called socialism. He assures us that it is good for the nation. It is national socialism. The major goals are those of the Democrats in America. We have seen the birth of the National Socialist Democrat America Party. NSDAP is the wave of the future. Let’s all join NSDAP and silence the opposition.
One people, one administration, one leader!
What a beautiful concept. You would think an idea that good would have been tried earlier in world history.
ó Joe Roberts
Salisbury
Warming debate: facts and myths
Regarding recent columns and letters in the Post alleging global warming is false:Columnist Deroy Murdock correctly stated CO2 is a naturally occurring gas, necessary for life. But it is also a human-made gas (from burning fossil fuels) that at certain levels is a health hazard (want to sit in a locked chamber breathing only CO2?). Because of its known effect on the atmosphere, the EPA classified it as a pollutant. Murdock also complained that reducing C02 would involve costly large projects. But if these projects were done collectively, not individually, the scope and scale would be much smaller. Additionally, with the 90-year window to reduce CO2, improvements in technology and efficiency would make this goal more practical.
Joe Teeter’s letter stated NASA “corrected” its data on global warming trends and now lists 1939 as the warmest year on record. I checked NASA’s data record along with three other organizations that monitor global temperature. None has 1939 as the hottest year (though it was warmer than average). For perspective, 11 of the last 13 years on record have been the warmest.
Mr. Teeter, in an effort to challenge the myth that all mainstream scientists agree about manmade global warming (major science organizations don’t make this claim), misrepresented a 1997 debate on NPR. The debate did not argue whether global warming is human caused. It discussed this point: “Is global warming a crisis?” By going to the NPR Web site, one will see the skeptics acknowledge man is influencing climate with greenhouse gases. There was no shift of opinion among the scientists, as suggested by Mr. Teeter. Instead, an audience of everyday people were polled, with a shift of opinion to about 50-50 for a crisis vs. non-crisis viewpoint.
So, dear readers, it may be better to be a skeptic of the deniers of manmade global warming than of the scientists purporting it is true.
ó Tim Truemper
Salisbury
Sidewalks good step for China Grove
Regarding the May 7 story “No thanks to new sidewalks, say some in China Grove”:When I first moved to China Grove in 1973, I had expressed a dream of having sidewalks all around the town. I find it exhilarating that 36-years later, we have an opportunity to have new sidewalks.
Along with other members of a local walking club, Rowan Roamers, we had discussed having a 10k walk in China Grove, but there were not enough sidewalks. We tabled plans for that walk until the new sidewalks have been added. Participants normally eat after walking, which would bring money to our fine restaurants, and some of us shop afterwards. I am one China Grove citizen who does want the sidewalks!
Speaking of pavement, I gave up on improving my paper delivery person’s aim, so I widened my driveway by 10 feet. I’ve added all the cement to China Grove that I can afford, so I vote for China Grove adding the rest.
The Rowan Roamers meets for dinner at the Blue Bay Seafood Restaurant on E. Innis in Salisbury at 6 p.m. with a short business meeting afterwards on the first Thursday of each month. We would welcome anyone who wants to join us.
Thanks, and look forward to seeing you on the trails!
ó Elaine C. Howle
China Grove
Animals at shelter have no choice
I can see why Julie Pinkston (May 7 letter) may have felt the way she did about the cartoon in last Sunday’s Salisbury Post, but I believe Mook was trying to say in certain terms that the animals don’t have a choice about their future.
I was sickened every morning I had to read the blow-by-blow report of the poor animals in the death chamber, which in my opinion was totally unnecessary to get the point across. I felt that I needed to read the articles, or I had no right to comment on them. This type of sensationalism seems to be the rule and not the exception in the media these days. It doesn’t do for me to dwell on the fact that because of irresponsible people, thousands of innocent dogs and cats are killed every year. Please support your “no kill” shelters, and remember that these innocent animals are living, breathing and intelligent.
ó Robin Hager
Salisbury
Time to recheck auto inspection law
The “check engine” light that shows on your car dash is not a dependable sign, apparently can’t always be fixed and may cost you hundreds of dollars each year. But because of the current N.C. law, the “check engine” or “service engine” light has to be off before the vehicle can pass the required N.C. inspection. This law supposedly helps to reduce pollution, but the light can be on even though the car is not emitting more pollution.
My service-engine soon light stayed on for more than two years, and I have spent almost $1,500 with the dealership and other mechanics trying to get the light to turn off in order to comply with the current law, pass the car inspection and be able to legally register and drive the vehicle.
I have replaced the purge valve, the oxygen sensor, the gas-tank valve and the gas cap, and yet the service-engine light is still on. More recently, I had an “evap” test done to see if there were any leaks in the car’s system. My car had no leaks. In addition to the ridiculous costs, I have to spend more than $200 each year at “inspection time” in order to get a waiver to legally drive.
I have written to our state legislators and the governor without getting any response. My car runs well and is not polluting. A mechanic told me the OBD (on-board diagnostic) system and the N.C. inspection law are a “ripoff” of citizens. Either the present law or the “present lawmakers” need to be changed, and the OBD system needs to be perfected before it is put on automobiles.
If there is a pollution problem, the car’s computer should pinpoint the problem.
ó Gus Knox
Salisbury

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