Letters to the editor – Thursday (6-4-09)
Fiber-optic installation was all but seamless
I was surprised to read about the dissatisfaction over the fiber optic cable installation because my experience was so positive.
I doubt many people comprehend what a monumental feat this is. I live in Saddle Brook, and we had our cable installed over two months ago. It was a well orchestrated process and completed in a timely fashion. We were notified well in advance. The workers were conscientious and replaced sod and other items as they were found. In some areas a seam was visible, but such is life. (I can also see the seams in my pants.)
I do not object to the vault buried in my yard any more than I oppose the water meter box beside it. It’s called “progress,” and I am all for change when it enhances my life. I am eager to become a customer of the city’s new fiber optic cable system. I’m getting too old to wait on satellites and outdated cables. I welcome the speed offered by the new fiber optic cable system and would like to thank the City of Salisbury for innovative thinking.
ó Patricia D. Alexander
Minimize education cuts
To our public servants: Thank you for working hard to try to balance budgets amidst the economic challenges currently impacting our state. I’m sure that on some days you must feel you are performing a thankless job but please know that your efforts are important and appreciated.
I’m sure my wife and I are “preaching to the choir” as we chime in about how important public education is to us, with our three children working hard to complete kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade here in Rowan County. We’ve chosen to send our children to N.C. public schools just as we were educated within the N.C. public school and university system.
Of all the budgetary sacrifices that must be made during these unprecedented times, we implore you to spare education as much as you possibly can. I don’t know what else might be cut more deeply in place of education but I do believe that we won’t do the future of our state any favors by shortchanging our children.
Now, more than ever, N.C. citizens need leaders with the courage and prudence to invest our tax revenues wisely. Please continue to support our children and their hard-working public school educators as you appropriate state funds. Thank you.
ó Michael Hollingsworth
Where’s the lottery money?
Every day lately, we read in the paper or hear on the news about N.C. school systems being in financial trouble. Teachers are losing their jobs. School systems don’t have enough money to operate. Yet nothing is ever mentioned about the “education” lottery. I’m interested in knowing (and I’m sure other people would like to know also) just how much of that lottery money goes to N.C. education.
In my opinion, with the number of tickets sold each day, no school system in North Carolina should be having financial problems. The people who manage this lottery must be benefitting from it. Regardless, the school systems aren’t getting enough money from the lottery, and I, for one, would like to see this changed.
ó Shirley Smith