Letters to the editor – Sunday (10-4-09)

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 2, 2009

United Way is your way to strengthen community
This year’s Rowan County United Way Campaign has begun. I ask all residents of this wonderful county to become a partner in United Way by giving. Of the 135,000 residents in Rowan County, one of our 17 agencies touched more than 60 percent of them last year. I genuinely believe United Way agencies make an enormous contribution to the overall quality of life in our county.
Our United Way is a volunteer-driven organization with a small but efficient and highly qualified staff. A wonderful example of our strong volunteer base was the recent annual Day of Caring. Schools and agencies enjoyed the benefits of the hard work from more than 650 volunteers.
Often times we hear people say, “There is just no way.” This year’s United Way theme is “There is a Way, the United Way.” There are numerous emotional stories about how United Way agencies have touched the lives of our local citizens. Please become a part of this effort.
If your employer is currently conducting a drive, give generously. If you have been asked to respond through a letter, respond. If no one has contacted you, call or visit the United Way office today. Everyone should take full advantage of this opportunity to help our own here in Rowan County. This year’s goal is 1776 ó one million seven hundred and seventy six thousand dollars. The philanthropic and ingenious Ralph Ketner helped us arrive at this patriotic goal. Please give. Your dollars can truly make a difference in the lives of your neighbors and friends.
ó Alan King
Alan King is the 2009 United Way campaign chairman.
Visitation policy backed
I was so glad to see the article about Rowan Regional’s restricting children under the age of 18 visiting the hospital during the flu season. I think this is one of the best moves the hospital could possibly make. It is in the best interest of everyone involved ó not only the patient but also the children. A hospital is just not the place for small children to be visiting. I think it would be in the best interest of all parties involved if the hospital would implement the policy of children under the age of 12 not being allowed to visit or be brought into the building unless they are seeking medical treatment. I know I would support such a policy.
ó Ruth Carper