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Letters to the editor – Tuesday – Nov. 10, 2009

Why do good kids do dumb things?
I know five of the kids involved in the cricket caper, and they are good kids from good homes with very good parents. The ones I know are involved in church youth programs, work at the homeless shelter and organize fund-raisers to go on church mission trips each summer.
Was this a dumb thing to do? Of course it was, but as 17-year-olds, they were thinking of the fun, not the consequences. Now they are thinking of that dreaded Dec. 17 court date.
Thirty-nine days of dread is enough punishment for them.
ó Millie Thompson
Spencer
Tina Hall supporter
Rowan County residents should be extremely proud of the job Tina Hall has done in representing them as a commissioner for the past three years. She has worked tirelessly in her efforts to make informed decisions for all citizens.
I know personally how she agonized over many of the decisions she made to benefit those same citizens.
I was proud to support Tina Hall as a Democrat because of her conservative values and sincere desire to represent the best interests of all the citizens of Rowan County.
I will be equally proud to appear on the same party ticket with Tina Hall in the 2010 elections.
ó Jim Sides
Salisbury
Equal rights for all?
Bravo, Ellen Goodman. It is about time someone from the media has spoken out about the oppression of Muslim women in Afghanistan.
If for no other reason, the U.S. should win in Afghanistan to liberate those whose window on the world consists of five square inches of daylight that frees their eyes from the prison of the burka.
Why has the women’s movement in this country not cried out at the top of their lungs for equal rights for Muslim women who are “under virtual house arrest, forbidden from work, from school, from walking alone or even laughing out loud.” (Goodman)
Of course, the West has been at war with the Middle East for three millennia, dating back before Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes … and they have our oil. Maybe we shouldn’t meddle. After all, they’re only women; and what are the chances that an Indira Gandhi, Becazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel or Hillary Clinton might arise to lead them out of the dark ages?
ó Dr. Dennis L. Hill
Salisbury

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