Letters to the editor – Friday (5-20-2011)
Enjoy swing music and help Communities in Schools
Please accept this as my personal invitation for you to attend Saturday nightís Swing Dance and Show presented by Communities in Schools (CIS) of Rowan at the F&M Trolley Barn, 125 E. Liberty Street.
The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with free swing dance lessons taught by Diana Moghrabi. The Rowan Big-Band All-Stars will play a program of swing dance music from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Volunteers from the seven schools served by CIS will dance in competition to raise funds for their schoolís program. Two young musicians from Knox Middle School will perform with the Big Band All-Stars. Admission is a $10 donation to CIS.
Communities in Schools is one of the biggest bargains in our childrensí education in Rowan County. While the economic downturn has hurt or decimated many community service programs, CIS of Rowan is standing strong. This is directly due to the tireless efforts of CIS Executive Director Vicky Slusser, who has diversified the CIS operational budget across almost a dozen funding sources. This ensures that the blows to our budget are cushioned, and children are still served.
While public funding shrinks for many service and outreach programs, Rowan Salisbury Schools maintained their $25,000 commitment. We owe our local School administration and board and a debt of thanks!
And what a bargain that truly is. $25,000 ó the contribution from local governmental sources ó is only about 6 percent of the total operating budget. CIS of Rowan serves seven schools with five full-time and two part-time family services coordinators for around $4,200 per full-time site.
You are invited to demonstrate your support for Vicky, her staff, our children and school staffs by attending Saturday nightís event. Bring some friends! Itís for the kids!
ó Dr. Ron Turbyfill
Turbyfill is a member of the Communities in Schools of Rowan Board of Directors.
Greed and gasoline
Is the greed ever going to stop just a little?
Five years ago when gas reached a high here in Rowan County at $4.11 a gallon, oil was $132 a barrel. Now oil is $97 a barrel, and we are running around $3.79 a gallon for gas.
Who is doing the math here? Again, profits after everything and everyone is paid are up 41 percent. Thatís above last year, with the top three clearing more than $1 billion in profits and their CEOs making nine figures. Are we going to let them kill the little bit of momentum the economy has going again?
Based on the price of a barrel of oil, gas should be around $2.90 to $2.99 a gallon.
The locals are now also showing the greed.
Mr. President, Congress, governors, state legislators, county commissioners ó please get involved. We regulate the power companies, and they do just fine!
1 Timothy 6:10: ěFor the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.î
ó J.N. Spry
Stamp Out Hunger productive
Every year on the second Saturday of May, letter carriers in all 50 states, the Distirct of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam collect non-perishable food donations left at mailboxes and in post offices.
This year on Saturday, May 14, local city letter carriers, rural letter carriers and volunteers collected 13,944 pounds of food to distribute to Main Street Mission, the Salvation Army and Rowan Helping Ministries food banks.
The National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 934 would like to thank our postal customers who left donations at their mailboxes. Your continued support each year is appreciated.
As the food drive coordinator, I would like to thank everyone who helped with this yearís food drive ó from those who helped plan the event to volunteers who collected and sorted the donations. Thanks to all of you.
ó Ronnie Bailey