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Letters to the editor – Friday – Nov. 6, 2009

Cricket incident required some skill
While I don’t condone the illegal actions of the local students perpetrating the “cricket incident,” it did show good organizational skills in pulling off their stunt. As punishment, I suggest they all be required to use their time, energy and creativity to plan a fundraiser for local homeless dogs and cats.
ó Joanne Bryla
China Grove
Part-time smoker?
Do you know someone who smokes only on weekends or at social events, and then they tell you they are not an actual smoker? Anyone who smokes a cigarette, no matter how often they smoke, is a smoker.
The term “social smoker” refers to anyone who smokes one or two times a week or on weekends. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, there is really no safe amount of smoking.
In my family, I had an uncle who used to smoke, and he only smoked once or twice a week. He tried to reassure me that it wasn’t hurting him, but I wasn’t sure. A couple of years later, he died from lung cancer from smoking cigarettes.
Even if you don’t smoke often, you could become a regular smoker. So why not quit now? There’s no better time to quit than right now.
I’m a member of Southeast Middle’s Patriots Against Tobacco TRU club. All our events are funded by the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund.
ó Maccyla Upright
Salisbury

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