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Letters to the editor – Friday (Oct. 9, 2009)

Annexation issue still a concern
Thank you, Commissioner Chad Mitchell, for proposing recently the resolution against forced annexation. The 5-0 vote shows strong unanamous support against this legalized plunder of the citizens of Rowan County and North Carolina.
Along N.C. 150, we have signs saying “Stop Municipal Theft.” That is what forced annexation is. The N.C. League of Municipalities teaches city officials and city managers that forced annexation is a good way to legally rob their hapless neighbors. It may be legal, but it is unethical. It violates the Golden Rule of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It is, as Mitchell said, “Taxation without representation.” That is why we fought the Revolutionary War.
We opponents of forced annexation are waging a continuing fight in Raleigh to get the law changed to allow victims to vote on forced annexation. Citizens can help by voting out of office officials who think forced annexation is a good idea.
Municipal elections are coming up and at the Salisbury City Council candidates forum at Catawba College, several candidates made it known that they are against forced annexation. Some made no comment. One candidate mentioned that he had been a victim of forced annexation two years ago and still has not received the promised services. Please support candidates that are against forced annexation. You can learn more about our struggle against forced annexation by visiting the Web site stopncannexation.com.
ó Larry Wright
Salisbury
Where do rights end?
To say that everyone deserves health care is easier said than done. Who’s to pay for universal care, the government? The government doesn’t have any money or the constitutional authority to mandate this as a right for every American.
My question to those who believe this to be a right for every American is: Where do these rights end? Should not every American own a home or an automobile? Should not every American have a chicken in every pot?
To accomplish this end, assuming you are unable to provide these things for yourself, you must take this ability to provide the necessities of life from those who are able. You may think you are not reaching into someone else’s pocket by having government do it. But by your belief in such a system, you are.
If you believe in the above, you’re a socialist. And what’s wrong with that? Well, the producers in life, those who work hard to achieve, will one day realize no matter how hard they try to get ahead, the government will take away from those who can and give to those who can’t or won’t. We will cease to be a nation of achievers and become slaves to larger and larger government that provides all the believed necessities of life.
Our forefathers had the insight to realize that government should not be the decider of who will be the winners and who will be the losers in life. People achieve by their own efforts, not because of government.
This way of life could end someday, sooner than you think. If it does, I doubt we will ever be able to return to the shining example you have come to know, one of liberty and freedom. Wake up, time is short, the threat is great, and the attack upon your country continues.
ó Richard Roberts
Kannapolis

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