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Letters to the editor – Thursday (8-13-09)

Great Legion team ó and classy fans
I want to congratulate the Rowan County Legion baseball team upon winning the Southeast Regional Baseball Tournament in Sumter, S.C. It was very evident that the people of Salisbury love their American Legion team. Your baseball team was the best in the tournament and the fans brought with them enthusiasm and vocal support.
In all of the vigorous support, I have never heard a negative or demeaning comment about any other team. You folks were a classy group of people. My wish would be that all fans could share your dedication without degrading the opponent.
I know you enjoyed seeing your team win the championship, but we also hope you enjoyed the Sumter baseball environment. The P-15 family wishes you luck in the World Series. It is a chance of a lifetime and an experience players and coaches will never forget.
You earned it ó now go enjoy it!
ó Wallie Jones
Sumter, S.C.
Jones is the head coach of Sumter’s Post 15 American Legion baseball team.
Advice for Watt
How disappointing that while other congressmen and congresswomen around the country have gone back to their home districts to elicit feedback from their constituents regarding the serious issues before them, most notably healthcare reform, Congressman Mel Watt chose this past week to hold his 13th annual PR event he dubs “Trading Places.” This past week, Congressman Watt planned to “trade places” in 15 various locations, for one hour at a time. Given that his district is enduring double-digit unemployment, it is impressive that he found that many places to trade with. The purported intent of Mr. Watt’s program is to help him keep in touch with his constituents. I would suggest a better way would be to hold a series of one-hour town hall meetings in each of the six counties comprising his district if he sincerely cares to know what his constituents think. Were I to miss the opportunity to attend, I’d like to submit my request to Mr. Watt now:
Congressman Watt, I respectfully encourage you to vote against the health-care reform bills coming before you. The need for reform of the health-care system cannot be denied, but an issue that impacts our economy to such a degree requires more thought and bipartisan co-operation than Congress is allocating to it now.
I encourage you to take a leadership role on behalf of District 12 and work in a bi-partisan manner to put forth a reformation that will resolve the issue and improve the system or leave it to the private sector. Health-care reform is not Congress’ area of expertise nor is it necessarily Congress’ area of responsibility; therefore, it demands that Congress act responsibly and do what is in the best interest of the country, all political ideologies aside.
ó Harry Warren
Salisbury

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