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Letters to the editor – Sunday (11-22-09)

Here’s why we dislike COG
Thank you, commissioners, for voting to withdraw from the Centralina Council of Governments (COG). They supplied the planner who helped Salisbury prepare to rob us of our money using forced annexation. Isn’t aiding and abetting robbery illegal? Forced annexation was used by the Nazis and Russians during and after WWII to subjugate unwilling victims who lived nearby. Now COG is using this tool of dictators to help cities do the same thing.
COG acted as a lightning rod to deflect the anger of forced annexation victims away from the perpetrators. They ran the public information meeting and took the heat for top city officials who purposely stayed away and did not participate in the meeting. COG should let city officials feel the wrath that their actions have caused. COG protected city officials, but not the hapless victims.
COG is funded with our tax dollars. It is unethical for them to use it in ways that hurt us or to assist others in doing so. They help local governments, but cross the line when that help hurts other citizens. COG should do things for us and not to us. Believe me when I tell you we do not like that.
COG is willing to sacrifice Rowan County interests to help Charlotte with its dirty air problem. COG is willing to sacrifice citizens to help Salisbury with forced annexation. We in Rowan County are now willing to sacrifice COG by withdrawing our membership. After all, times are hard, and we have to be careful how we spend our money.
So, COG officials, tell us again why we should pay thousands of dollars to belong, when you fail to protect our interests.
ó Larry Wright
Salisbury
Auten good choice for sheriff
This is addressed to the Rowan County commissioners regarding the naming of a replacement for Sheriff George Wilhelm: I would urge you to consider Sheriff Wilhelm’s recommendation of naming his Chief Deputy Kevin Auten to the interim position as quickly as possible. This, I am sure, will lead to a rapid transition of keeping the Sheriff’s Office running smoothly.
I have known Sheriff Wilhelm and Deputy Auten for a long time and know what quality gentlemen they are when it comes to working with the public and performing their law enforcement duties. I have had instances to request their services, and they have responded with highly professional results. Deputy Auten has performed in all aspects of law his entire career and is familiar with the multiple job performances that make the department operate smoothly.
Delays by the commissioners in naming a replacement right away could result in massive confusion at a very tedious time of the year.
Don’t delay, name Auten today.
ó Jim Epting
Salisbury

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