Letters to the editor – Saturday (1-22-11)

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 21, 2011

Voters should send council into early retirement
Regarding the article about the city managerís pay:
Why does the City Council need to give David Treme a bonus? He makes $139,726 yearly. He should already be able to retire. I sure could retire if I had only $500 of my taxes back each year. The City Council annexed us on July 1, 2007, and doubled our taxes. We got nothing for it. But Treme got a yearly raise of $5,374 in December 2007.
Mayor Kluttz stated the city was facing a money problem. Why? Give a raise to someone who already is making double what the average taxpayer makes, and waste money on something like fiber optics.
All I say is for taxpayers to vote in November and change the people on City Council. Put people on the council who care about the working people. People who will think before putting a hardship on the working class.
Remember, N.C. Highway 150 group ó they will try again to annex you. So vote them out.
ó Charles Black
Breathing easier on the job
Thank you, D.G. Partlow (Dec. 19 letter), for calling on our elected officials to approve stricter anti-smoking laws in the workplace. With the indisputable scientific evidence on secondhand smoke, itís inconceivable that (at least one of) Rowan Countyís largest employers continue to allow smoking on the job.
All employees have the right to breathe smoke-free air, and no one should have to choose between their health and a good job!
The right of an individual to risk his or her own health does not include the right to jeopardize the health of those who must remain around them in order to make a living for themselves and their family. Since these companies are unwilling to make a stand, we are calling on our elected officials to step up to the plate and impose regulations for the safety and welfare of our countyís working-class citizens. Smoking is optional; breathing while making a living is not.
ó P.L. Beaver
Honoring the Sabbath
In response to the scheduling of make-up days for the Rowan-Salisbury Schools:
This is a perfectly clear example of removing God from our public school system. Asking our families to send their children to school on Godís Sabbath Day is in direct violation of the fourth commandment.
ó Mary Rose