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Letters to the editor – Friday – Oct. 30, 2009

Veterans will help dispose of old flag
In reference to the gentleman who wrote in on Oct. 28 about the flag of our country being allowed to deteriorate:
Simply stop and ask him (and anyone else who has allowed such deterioration) for those flags. Fold them as best you can and then take to the nearest American Legion Post or VFW Post.
These men and women veterans who served our country will proudly accept those flags, and any others the community will gather, and give them the appropriate attention they deserve.
Both Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post 342 and Faith American Legion Post 327 will destroy those flags according to the United States Flag Code. And they will do it with the proper ceremony. Just give the flags to any of their members or leave the flags on their front porches.
And the gentleman was absolutely right; it really is a shame that citizens ó too many citizens ó allow this to happen and do not give the proper respect to the flag of our country.
ó Kaye Brown Hirst
Salisbury
Hirst is a member of Faith American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327.
Spencer first
I felt compelled to write to you about the upcoming election for Spencer Board of Aldermen. I want to urge you to please vote, and I also want to urge you to re-elect Donnie Hinson for alderman.
I am quite sure that many, if not all, of the candidates running for that office are well qualified; however, I believe that Donnie stands out among the rest.
As a business owner and landlord in the town of Spencer for over 30 years, I’ve had many opportunities to get to know Donnie in both professional and social settings. During his tenure as a Spencer Police officer, Spencer Chief of Police, North Rowan school resource officer and during his last term as alderman, I know that Donnie always put Spencer and its residents first. He has a special quality of caring, kindness and understanding that complement his vast knowledge of the legal system, which is truly a benefit to those he serves.
He now works with the Rowan County Sheriff’s office, and it’s comforting to know that we can still call on him for advice or to clarify any concerns we may have.
Donnie Hinson is always ready to lend a helping hand. Even though he is still called “Chief” by so many Spencer residents, I call him a “friend” to not only myself but to the town of Spencer. Let’s make sure that we keep him on the board as he is truly a valuable part of Spencer.
I know he can do so much to ensure that Spencer continues to be a wonderful place to live. Please take time to vote on Nov. 3, and please vote Donnie Hinson for Spencer alderman.
ó Susan Lane Morris
Spencer
Enough
Butch Bivens is again running for the position of alderman in China Grove. We can only hope he is not re-elected. Bivens has been a part of increased taxes and huge water costs since being in office.
We now have ridiculous water bills and the worst water ever. It’s impossible to keep the toilet bowls clean. Black scum shows in only a few days. Our monthly water bill runs $70-$80 per month for just two people.
Getting water from Salisbury was the worst possible thing for China Grove. Bivens says he enjoys being on the board. I guess that means he enjoys wasting our tax dollars.
We don’t need Butch Bivens any longer. He should stay home. We don’t want him on the board.
ó Harold D. Coley
China Grove
On health care
All the discussion concerning President Obama’s health care plan compels me to make some observations.
Judging from the plight I have heard some people are in when they become sick or injured, I think people need help from some program that can deliver ó especially if they are ripped off by the insurance companies. Blackbeard the pirate, Al Capone and Jesse James were bad boys, but at least they didn’t own insurance companies.
As for God ó the God of the Bible is a socialist. Jesus told a rich man to give it all up and his disciples to do the same with all their goods. That’s hardly the platform of Bill Gates; certainly not the religious establishment, which is no less a going concern than the insurance companies, with its own custom-made socialism that requires unwavering, fawning belief or else ó so cough it up in return for God’s free salvation.
That way when you reach 65, you won’t have to go fishing instead of bagging groceries at Food Lion.
I heard with my own ears my neighborhood preacher tell his flock to take all their money out of the banks and give it to the church. Eh, whose church, pastor? If everyone did that, the world would probably go back to the Dark Ages. Read Acts 2:44-45; 4:32-35.
ó R. Howard Andrews
Kannapolis
True to the word
It was with great joy that I attended the recent meeting at St. Paul Lutheran Church and observed the people taking a stand for the Bible vs. the ELCA and its recent decisions regarding sexuality and ordination. I pray that all of them will continue to move forward and leave that liberal church body behind.
There was one thing, however, that I was disappointed to see. The scriptural stand of CORE and LCMC is very weak and not true to the Bible teaching of what God’s Word really is. The Bible is not only God’s revealed Word to us and final authority in all matters of faith and life; it is also inspired (“God -breathed,” as stated in II Tim. 3:16), inerrant and therefore, infallible.
If that position is not taken, then the church will still depend upon man’s opinions for its doctrine and will finally end up with the same things it left. If there are possible errors in the Bible, how can we be certain that Jesus’ resurrection is not one of them? Our faith will, therefore, rest upon uncertainty. The Bible pictures God’s people running for their lives when false teaching emerges in a church (Romans 16:17), not taking their own good time to leave.
For those who do not want to wait for a congregational vote to decide their future and to break their contact with false teaching, there are other options available.I left the LCA many years ago and established Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in China Grove for people who were convinced that their churches had left them behind.
God’s blessings on all who stand firmly for the truth.
ó The Rev. Fred Archer
Landis

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