• 63°

Letters to the editor – Saturday (11-28-09)

Leading Rowan County in the wrong direction
Over the past two months a select group of commissioners ó the “gang of three” ó has taken action that resulted in a loss of $1 million in potential revenue from the proposed Christmas lights initiative and voted to leave the Council of Government ó an organization that has generated $1,029,199 in federal and state aging related funds, plus an additional $1,740,398 in federal funding invested in our community through workforce development. This $2,769,597 is generated at a cost to the county in COG membership of $34,122. From any business perspective this is a superb return on that investment.I would ask Mr. Ford, Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Hall where they propose to find replacements for this funding. Perhaps Ms. Hall would suggest that we can do it with our present county staff, as she intimated in the light debacle. I would suggest that this membership fee is a salary level of $11.37 an hour, which I suspect would represent an entry level position and one that has neither the time nor the knowledge of federal programs necessary to generate this amount of funding.
It is disconcerting that in a year when our county unemployment rate is approaching 14 percent the “gang of three” does not have time to spend on planning for our future but can spend over 45 minutes interrogating Mr. Miller on an initial request to explore holiday lights and then spent an additional 30 minutes and the cost to have the Institute for Government assist in developing a resolution against a fellow commissioner when N.C. statute 143-318-10 section D states that it is an issue “only when a majority of members from a public body are present,” and I don’t believe five mayors constitute a majority. Could this be a pre-election year stunt on the part of one of the commissioners and her mentor?
ó William C. Carter
Salisbury
Cherished parade moment
Thanks to the Salisbury fireman who made a 5-year-old boy very happy during the Christmas parade!
Zachary spent his school holiday with me and got his clothes very muddy playing. The only other clothes at my house were his firefighter outfit, complete with boots and reflective stripes.
At the parade, as the Salisbury Fire Department passed with the firemen in full uniform ahead of the fire truck, one of the men broke ranks when he spotted this miniature fireman. He came over and asked it the boy could walk along. Of course I let him go and said I would walk along on the sidewalk. I moved ahead to take a picture. Unfortunately, after a short time Zachary’s aunt missed me and “rescued” her nephew, unaware that he was marching by invitation.
I missed my photograph, but will always cherish the picture in my memory of a happy little boy marching with Salisbury’s finest.
ó Karen Young
Salisbury

Comments

Comments closed.

Education

Local student surprised with horse-drawn ride home from school

Local

Pedestrian hospitalized after being struck by police car

Local

Torch Run returns to Rowan streets, raises money for Special Olympics

Crime

Fish arcade company drops suit against Rowan County Sheriff’s Office

Crime

Man faces kidnapping, assault charges after woman escapes at Webb Road Flea Market

Local

Natoli promoted to assistant county manager, will retain human resources director title

Education

Attendance restriction lifted for RSS graduation ceremonies

Business

Rowan Chamber of Commerce will host in-person Power in Partnership on Thursday

Business

Rowan EDC will undergo name change, alter board requirements with updates to bylaws

Nation/World

Israel strikes Gaza tunnels as truce efforts remain elusive

Nation/World

Supreme Court to take up major abortion rights challenge

Nation/World

Biden boosting world vaccine sharing commitment to 80M doses

Crime

Man charged for stowing away on Norfolk Southern train, impeding railroad operations

Local

Group will protest treatment of Georgia woman during 2019 traffic stop

Crime

Man overdoses at Piedmont Correctional Institute

Crime

Sheriff’s Office: Two men escape from jail, found in bushes on Fulton Street

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will North Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue be resurfaced?

Local

Political Notebook: Rowan’s lawmakers pass 140 bills into the opposite chamber before deadline

Local

Police chief to present use of force policy; city manager to present 2021-22 budget

Crime

Blotter: Rockwell man arrested on charges of felony larceny, possession of stolen vehicle

Coronavirus

CDC director says mask turnaround based solely on science

News

Catawba College hosts three in-person commencement ceremonies

Local

With high case loads causing numerous staff departures, Child Protective Services seeks more positions

Education

Livingstone College graduates celebrate ‘crossing the finish line’ during commencement celebration