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Letters to the editor – Sunday – Nov. 1, 2009

Please make it happen for UW
Your Rowan County United Way Campaign is winding down. During one of the most economically challenging times in our history, our volunteers have been working tirelessly to make this campaign a success. But with just one report meeting remaining, we have achieved only 48 percent of our goal of $1,776,000. We still have a long way to go.
Seventeen United Way agencies and thousands of your fellow citizens and their families are depending on you and your support. Now is the time when all of Rowan County needs to step up to the plate and support this communitywide effort.
A good friend once said that there are three kinds of people in this world. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who don’t know what’s happening. Which one are you?
On behalf of our United Way Board and campaign volunteers, we’re asking you to please help us “make things happen” by supporting your United Way and making a real difference in our community.
If you have not yet received your 2010 gift/pledge card, please contact our United Way office at 704-633-1802 so that you can be a part of this very important campaign. Thank you for caring!
ó Ronnie Smith
Salisbury
Smith is a member of the Rowan County United Way Board.
Post format
As a long-time loyal reader of the Salisbury Post, I would like to comment on some recent format changes:
1. I am saddened and disappointed that the senior stories in LifePlus section have been discontinued. Even though I was one of the writers who contributed to this page, I also thoroughly enjoyed the articles of the other writers, as we each had interesting things to say in our own individual way. So readers, the comments that I am hearing from you should be directed to the Post. After all, any newspaper can only survive if subscriptions are sufficient. Voice your opinions. They need to hear from you.
2. Personally, I think listing the names of local deceased persons on the front page is quite tacky. Please do not put my name there when I die. The front page should be for news of interest and importance. It’s not so important that I died ó but that I lived and loved life.
3. Thank you for the larger print crossword puzzle section. It is wonderful for all of us “old folks.”
ó Margaret T. Shumate
Salisbury
Wrong move
Have you noticed that every time the school board does something stupid like this (redistricting) that it comes after Mecklenburg schools do the same stupid thing? Are we trying to be like Mecklenburg or are we Rowan County?
Maybe the school board cares nothing about our kids, notice the ever dwindling number of teachers in the county, over worked under paid. Teachers should make more than commissioners. Oh by the way West Rowan does have the highest graduating percentages of the county.
ó James Allen Holcombe China Grove
Money for seniors
The funding of $250 for seniors on Social Security is better than nothing.
But if there would be a 5 percent increase for seniors getting $1,000, that would be $50 a month or $600 a year.
If you would divide 12 months into $250, it would be less than $21 a month. So seniors are losing some money a month. And the government is saving.
I am still thankful for the best country in the world, with freedom in God and other freedoms.
ó Sterling J. Weaver
Salisbury
Everyone can vote
Just a reminder, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, all Rowan County registered voters have the constitutional right and privilege to vote on a very important issue facing our county ó the quarter-cent sales tax referendum.
This election is not only for municipal candidates, but also includes all of Rowan County.
Please remember to take the time to vote on Nov. 3. Let your voice be heard!
ó Kathryn Hall
Mount Ulla

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