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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (6-8-2011)

Theater tunes in to TV history
The average American watches more than four hours of TV each day (or 28 hours per week, or two months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent nine years glued to the tube. The number of TV sets in the average U.S. household is 2.24. Millions of Americans are so hooked on television that they fit the criteria for substance abuse as defined in psychiatric manuals.
But did you ever wonder how this came about? Piedmont Players Theaterís production of ěThe Farnsworth Inventionî tells some of the history and the competition behind the invention of the television. Who was Philo Farnsworth? How did the idea go from a bubble in his head to over a billion televisions sold? Go see this play and find out. The show is well-acted, simply set and full of humor as well as information.
Also, you will have the advantage of two hours spent in an air-conditioned theater. Never heard the title? Go see it anyway. This show will give you something to actually think about the next time you turn on your television. The shows will run Wednesday through Saturday at the Meroney Theater in downtown Salisbury. Call 704-633-5471 for tickets. You will be glad you did.
ó Monika Bigsby
Landis
A note of thanks
I would like to thank Melvin Austin for recovering and returning my wallet. It was lost on June 3 at the Aldiís in Fort Mill, S.C. I knew it was gone within 10 minutes, and in that 10 minutes it was removed from where I inadvertently left it. I returned only to be told that no one had turned it in.
Since this community is not one of high crime, I was disheartened that someone would just keep it and toss it when they got what they wanted from it.
I returned to Aldiís a couple of times, again being told it had not been turned in.
Lo and behold, in the mail today (June 6) from Melvin Austin of Salisbury was my wallet. Iím not sure how it wound up in his possession, but I am grateful for his time and honesty.
So many times we concentrate on the bad things that are going on. Mr. Austin, you have restored my faith in people.
God bless you and your family.
ó Angela Upchurch
Tega Cay, S.C.
Gas-price gap
Why were gas prices in Davie and Forsyth counties recently at $3.29 to $3.39 per gallon, yet in Rowan and Cabarrus they were $3.59 to $3.69?
Come on, county commissioners, letís do a little something.
ó Joseph N. Spry
Rockwell

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