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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (9-9-2009)

How dare Obama offer such a radical message?
How dare the president of the United States of America encourage American students to stay in school and try to excel? Imagine the nerve of him, asking everyone to do their best and help make this country and world a better place. And imagine other God-fearing Americans trying to keep this out of schools and away from our students.
Now, exactly what country are we living in, where the leader of the country offering encouragement to its youth is considered a bad thing? What happened to working together for the common good? People, it is no longer us against them, it is us against us. If we are supposed to set an example for our children, we have missed the opportunity to show them how to offer respect for our officials, even if you do not agree with all of their policies. Read the speech; watch it if you can, and then find fault. Don’t prejudge without having all of the facts.
ó Laura Horton
China Grove
Deadly intersection
I am writing you this letter to raise awareness of a intersection in Rowan County that is in desperate need of a stoplight. It is the intersection of Briggs Road and Sherrills Ford Road. My 18-year-old-son, Greg Terry, died July 11, 2009, from injuries he received in an accident at this location. Since the year 2000, there have been 35 accidents here. My son is the first fatality.
I am petitioning the N.C. DOT for a stoplight. There are three schools within 5 miles of this intersection, Hurley Elementary, West Rowan Middle and West Rowan High. With the amount of traffic increasing, it is only a matter of time before another life is lost here. We must do something! The next time, it may be a bus full of students that is run into by a big truck, instead. How many lives must be lost?
This is another dangerous intersection that must have a stoplight! We have to ride around dealing with potholes and narrow back country roads; at least make our intersections safer. Thank you for taking the time to read this and any help would be greatly appreciated. Greg’s life he had to give, we need a stoplight so others may live.
ó Mendee Williams
Mount Ulla
Tipping and a tip of the hat
Over the past few weeks, the Post has presented a worthwhile forum on the subject of tipping.
The lady who began the debate was obviously not happy with the fact that certain customers left little or nothing as a tip. Her suggestion was in effect you get what you pay for.
Eating out these days is a huge luxury. Older folks may save up for months just for an opportunity to take a loved one out for a birthday, anniversary, or just to say they love them. Folks still employed and solvent expect a great deal more for their money than in previous years. And, another group ó who considers the advice “plant early” a good tip ó won’t deal with monetary reward to a restaurant other than the price of the food.
So, some words of comment to all who have previously contributed to this issue. First, to those who are waiters and waitresses now; be thankful you have a job. If you listen to no one else, consider the words of those who have served and are no longer doing so. None of us wishes you or anyone else to be unemployed. But there are some of us who simply cannot afford to tip as you expect.
Second, thanks to those ladies who had been there and done that.
Third, a tip of the hat to those who wrote in and clearly stated that if they knew where these disgruntled folks worked, they’d never eat there again. Besides, those of us who cook for ourselves every day haven’t died of starvation just yet.
Finally, a group that above all others needs to pay attention to this is the managers of restaurants. Screen your workers carefully because they don’t just work for you personally; they represent the company that keeps those doors open and your business from closing.
ó A.J. Moore
Salisbury

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