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Letters to the editor – Friday (7-24-09)

Federal funds going to wrong projects
The present administration’s TARP program is the dream of the Bank of America, Citibank, etc. It is a situation they have dreamt of for generations.
Virtually unregulated and uncontrolled money pours into the coffers for those mostly responsible for the current state of our economy.
President Clinton and his successors provided the financial sector with an open-door ticket to unsupervised bank operations and profits. Have they fulfilled the number of mortgage modifications equal to the “bailout”? Banks are eager to loan money when no regulations exist to protect and defend the consumer.
The administration could adopt many of FDR’s New Deal efforts; we should forget about party affiliations in order to create the “trickle up” program for recovery. If the government were to deal with infrastructure, a new I-85 bridge over the Yadkin could be in our future. Remember the bridge collapse in Minnesota? Aren’t Rowan’s roads the envy of the world? Automotive repair facilities are garnering large amounts of business to fix vehicles that might not require repairs if we had good roads.
Those now without jobs want to work. Few pundits consider the psychological damage to families when parents experience a loss of self-worth. Violence, at home and in the streets, is up. College tuition rates are rising while faculty are being dismissed. Create jobs through direct action and use federally funded projects to stimulate the economy, not fill bank coffers.
Homes are abandoned and foreclosures spread after banks found their golden egg in subprime mortages. We are living in a society where the banks and their “children,” the credit-card industry, are not regulated for the betterment of society.
Mr. President, help American citizens; don’t serve the financial minions.
ó Arthur Steinberg
Salisbury
Leave Jacksons alone
Numerous comments have been made about the death of Michael Jackson. So far, I haven’t heard anyone make the following comment: “Michael is a human being created by God, the same as the rest of us.”
To publicly acknowledge Michael’s death is OK. The media has made the situation wrong by placing him on a high pedestal, as if he were so much better than anyone else.
Some people seem to think Michael’s death was faked. You might ask, why would he fake his own death? Well, let’s look at some obvious reasons.
Michael lived a lifestyle with very little privacy. The fans and paparazzi dogged his heels everywhere he went. Michael said in one interview that he couldn’t even go to the bathroom without people taking pictures of him.
Of course, Michael enjoyed performing for his fans. However, it is a safe bet that his type of lifestyle caused some very stressful times for him on more than one occasion.
So, whether Michael is actually dead or somewhere recuperating from a nervous breakdown, I think it is time for all types of media and his fans to let him rest in peace. Also, let his family have their privacy to mourn during their time of sorrow.
ó Ellie Mae Lambert
Salisbury
Clozaril can be safe
The July 18 article in the Post on the police officer Crisis Intervention Training program contained a statement attributed to me that, as characterized, may cause undue concern to patients taking Clozaril and their families.
During my discussion of drug side-effects, I addressed the well-known hematologic risks associated with Clozaril therapy. The article failed to include my description of the blood monitoring protocol that renders the treatment safe.
Clozaril patients can be reassured that they are receiving one of the uniquely superior treatments in all of modern medicine.
ó Joseph LaMotte
Salisbury

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