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Letters to the editor – Saturday (10-24-09)

We need more parks with play equipment
Families in Salisbury need parks with play equipment such as merry-go-rounds, climbing items (such as metal climbing domes and monkey bars), fort/play houses with swaying bridges and slides. We need swings sized for toddlers, pre-school and older children to adults who enjoy sharing activities with their families.
We should not have to drive to Sloan park, which is a really nice park, to Dan Nicholas park or even to Kannapolis to have access to playground equipment. (Kannapolis also has water fun for a nominal fee.) Granite Quarry has a nice park, but this is still out of Salisbury.
Instead of a quiet peaceful park atmosphere and strollers being pushed (what do parents do when a child outgrows such?), we need parks where there is laughter and happy, busy children working off their energy and having fun! Hurley park is quiet and peaceful; perhaps people could visit there to admire flowers, sit and read or stroll. Different persons desire different forms of entertainment. Our children should have the right to have parks that are family-oriented. We already have enough “walking parks” ó we need “family” parks.
ó Maxine Reynolds
Salisbury
An inspirational show
Sometimes, the most influential and stirring moments occur when someone asks, “Would you like to see a one-man play tonight?” Little did I know what a glorious theatrical encounter I would experience.
Stogie Kenyatta, Jamaican born and Brooklyn bred, brought a unique interpretation to the stage as he presented his one-man show, “The World is My Home: The Life of Paul Robeson,” in the Tubman Little Theatre on the campus of Livingstone College.
Kenyatta’s portrayal of Robeson from age 5 through his adult life kept a unique kind of suspense and anticipation as we listened and absorbed the historical facts. I concur with one writer who pens these words, “This show is a classy, cultural, artistic centerpiece, and complements any social agenda. The son of a preacher man, Robeson’s life transcended race and nationality. His dream of a colorblind society shaped his belief that, if we accept the fatherhood of God, we must accept the brotherhood of man.”
Mr. Kenyatta’s accomplishments include 25 TV and film credits from guest and starring roles on the series “J.A.G., “ER,” “FBI” and recently a featured role in “Half Past Dead 2” for Sony Pictures. He has performed in Europe, Japan, Okinawa, at the University of West Indies and more than 95 colleges. He adds to his vita seven screen plays he has written. However, Mr. Kenyatta is most proud of his work depicting the life of Paul Robeson.
Many useful and rewarding things occur only once in a lifetime. I urgently encourage you to find the next presentation of this theatrical work and make it a part of your educational and social folio. You will find it touches not only spiritual elements but a wide variety of emotion elements, underscored by a tenacious desire to live.
Always seeking to promote the uniqueness and diversity of Salisbury, I remain,
ó Clara W. Corry
Salisbury
Thank you, firefighters
I can never give enough thanks, praise and gratitude to all the firefighters of the West Rowan, Cleveland, Atwell and Locke fire departments, as well as Wayside and Shepherd of Iredell County, who responded and fought the fire at my barn at 3640 Brown Road, Mount Ulla, on Oct.19. Also, thanks to Donald Rand who provided the track hoe and to Jason Ritchie who operated it to remove the roof and spread the hay. I have always had great respect for firefighters, but seeing you do such a great job and knowing that many times you are putting your life on the line makes me more grateful for each of you who so generously give your time to serve others. Thank you again for your quick response and the great job you did. Firefighters will be in my prayers as you continue to serve the communities. May God Bless each of you!
ó Jo Corriher
Mount Ulla
Honesty is a virtue
I am writing this article to the person(s) who returned my wallet to the Salisbury Police Department last Saturday, Oct. 17. I was not aware I had lost it until Sunday morning. I prayed for a miracle, but the obvious was for me to backtrack my steps. As I pulled out of the garage, a sheriff pulled up behind me. He informed me that my wallet had been found on Jackson Street, and someone had turned it in to the Police Department.
When I retrieved my wallet, all of the contents, including my money, were still in the wallet. Praising the Lord, I asked if the officer knew who turned it in, and he simply said someone was walking down Jackson Street, picked it up and turned it in. I just wanted to thank that person(s) who delivered this wonderful gift back to me and I want you to know how much I appreciate your honesty and your God-spirited heart. You will truly be blessed.
Salisbury, there are still good, honest, Christian people in this town, and honesty is still a virtue.
ó Makela Houston
Salisbury
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