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Letters to the editor – Friday (12-04-09)

Today’s idols make poor role models
Where have all the celebrity role models gone who promoted decency, honesty, patriotism, ethics, morals and the differences in right and wrong?
Yesterday we had celebrities like John Wayne, Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Superman, Hopalong Cassidy, George Washington, Bill Cosby, many great military leaders, Andy Griffith and Barney Fife, who taught us how to live as a good and proper human beings. They were the idols whom we held in high esteem and we tried to become just like them. Today, I can’t think of anyone who stands out whom I would like my grandson to model himself after.
Today’s idols are adulterers, drug addicts, corrupt, and some even fail to pay their taxes. Even a president who committed adultery is adored and admired by many. Many celebrities died from overdosing themselves with drugs yet are still worshiped and loved. Others have spoken out against our country and visited our enemies while millions of fans go see their movies or buy their books. Some have even committed murder.
Adultery, drugs, treason and corruption are all readily accepted now. The role models of old are dying off and are not being replaced.
Where will our young people go from here? Whom will they follow?
Today, when good people begin to rise to celebrity status, the far left attacks them with all they’ve got to destroy them. Who will help our children learn the right way to succeed in life? Will it be our governments, our schools, our churches, our parents? I have no idea, but if we don’t turn things around quickly, we’ll all pay a big price … Anarchy!
ó Donald Schumacher
Salisbury
A tragic accident
Life is full of accidents, and the two Britthaven residents met with a very tragic one.
According to the staff report (Dec. 1), Kannapolis police believe the men “were in the wrong place at the wrong time.” If it had been the wrong time, it would not have happened.
What I believe, they were in the wrong place but at the right time. Or, they were in the right place but at the wrong time.
Regardless of what you believe, the fact of the business is it’s hard to stop a train.
ó Whitey Harwood
Mocksville

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