Letters to the editor – Wednesday (10-21-09)
Money for fiber optic but not for lighting
When I was in Leadership Rowan, I was on the Red Team. The first person we were sent was a travel agent. For those who have been there, you know how useless and funny that was. Our Brittany Downs neighborhood for safety reasons has needed and tried to get lighting in our neighborhood for years. I come home today to see the City Council has sent us a useless fiber optic cable that is not funny and not what we needed.
We’ve always been told there was no money for the lights. The yards in our neighborhood have been torn up, and I have pictures to show it. No money for lights but plenty of money to tear up our neighborhood for fiber optics. I will go without before ever using this cable. Before voting, everyone should consider: Is this City Council giving us what we need or what they want?
I plan to vote for those who were opposed to this cable while we still have neighborhoods with basic needs. I hope you’ll consider voting the same.
ó Roger Bowman
A conservative choice
I have known Ben Johnson for several years and have found him to be a bright and intelligent person. We have talked on several occasions about the role of government in modern society, and I believe he has a true understanding of the limited role of government that our founding fathers envisioned. He understands that there is a need for government in an orderly society, but also that government has a tendency to grow and increase its power over time. It is not Mr. Johnson’s intention to be an obstructionist and to blindly vote NO on all matters before the council but to look at each issue logically and completely with tough questioning while trying to keep the taxpayers’ best interests in mind.
Mr. Johnson is against forced annexation and believes if the city wants to annex an area, the citizens in that area should vote it up or down. It is wrong to annex people for the tax dollars but make them wait years before they can receive the same services as those already in the city.
Mr. Johnson, as a member of the technology workforce, is well informed in the latest technology issues and terminology. His education and working background in technology will provide a unique and much needed perspective on the council. He believes that the city should not be involved in the fiber to the home project because not only is that not the proper role of government, but if it made good business sense a private company would have already challenged the current providers.
Find out additional information on Mr. Johnson’s stances and background at www.voteben.org. Vote for Ben Johnson for Salisbury City council because government should work for the people and not the people for the government.
ó Mike Caskey
Special day at the fair
A big thank you to the Rowan County Fair Association and everyone who helped with Special Needs Day at this year’s fair. For those who aren’t familiar with it, Special Needs Day was held Thursday morning, Sept. 24. On this day, special education classes were invited to the fair at no cost and were treated to a magic and clown show, rides and a trip to the “barnyard.”
Parents of special needs children often have to avoid places like the fair because of the crowds and noise. What a treat to really enjoy the fair experience without the worry. Everyone was so accommodating. One child in our group held up the firetruck line for 10 minutes trying to decide if she wanted on. Everyone cheered when she finally got on. I guarantee you that would not fly on a busy Friday night, but I wish you could have seen how much she loved it.
It was a wonderful day, and I am thankful to all who made it happen.
ó Karyn Pennington
Thank you for posting the story of John Anderson, the POW from Kernersville. What an awesome story! My 11- year-old son and I read it before he went to bed. He has to read 100 minutes each week for school and I thought it would be something he would enjoy and he did. He likes history and learning about American wars, and I knew he would enjoy this story. He had several questions that I could answer and some I could only guess at. There aren’t too many of these American heroes left, I’m glad I got to share this one with my son.
ó Shawn Harrison
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