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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (4-20-2011)

Students should be allowed absences on religious holidays
A rising question among students lately has been, “Why are we required to go to school on Good Friday?”
The Rowan-Salisbury School System states that it is a “snow make-up day” for all public schools throughout the county. This brings up the issue of student rights in the matter of separation of church and state. Should students be allowed to miss school Friday simply because they are of Christian belief? That depends on the opinion of the individual. Should the families of other religious backgrounds be allowed to miss work and school on the holidays of Yom Kippur or Ramadan? Should these absences be counted against the student?
A lot of questions have been asked, but the point I’m trying to make is that students should be allowed to miss days of school if there is a letter from the religious leader of the student’s denomination. This letter would directly state the reason for absence. The letter would then need to be reviewed by RSSS. After the letter is approved, the students should then be allowed to participate in athletic events and exam exemptions in terms of days missed.
— Spencer Carmichael
A winning coach, in many ways In case someone has been on another planet the last couple of years and isn’t aware of this:
There is an outstanding coach in Rowan County. I am very fortunate to be a friend of his. His name is Andrew Mitchell, who seems to keep coming up with state championships.
— Ben Wood
Salisbury
Auction gavel fell too early
My husband and I recently viewed the contents of an auction that was to take place in a few days in Kannapolis.
After viewing the contents, we were interested in one item in particular. We asked the auctioneer what time he estimated it would come up for bid. He said around 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. He told us that three times before we left.
The day of the auction, I arrived at 2 p.m. I was told the item had sold at 1:30 p.m.
I just want to know: Where is the honesty and doesn’t anyone’s word mean anything anymore? Is everything on the straight and narrow at public sales?
My advice to everyone is bidder beware.
— Donna Grohman
Rockwell

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