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Letters to the editor – Thursday (7-21-11)

Thanks for work on Hitachi project
The recent incentive vote that the county commissioners had on Monday was not only very important to the county but was also due to a very active Economic Development Commission and a dedicated board.
Unless you attended the meeting on July 5, you may not know how all this came together. Robert Van Geons added to the agenda the incentive program for the commissioners to consider. What was not disclosed was the short time frame, with only three weeks to reach a decision as the Hitachi Corp. was considering additional sites in other states and in Asia. Had the EDC not acted quickly, had the commissioners not called a special meeting and had a positive decision not been reached, then one of the largest single investments in this county’s history might never have had a chance to come true. It’s not a done deal, but it comforts me to know that we have such dedicated people working to bring future prosperity to our county. The only disappointment was the absence of Commissioner Raymond Coltrain who was not there for the largest incentive package we may ever see in this county. My hat’s off to the entire group that brought this to our county, and hopefully Hitachi will decide to reward us with this package. Our county deserves to know when they have people that are really doing a great job instead of only hearing when they don’t.
— Craig Pierce
Salisbury
Cronyism always a part of politics
I could not agree more with the July 19 letter from Emilie Whitney. Great letter.
I wonder how we non-millionaires can ever be comforted while we sleep that work is being done for “we, the people.”
The old cronies, Ms. Whitney must realize, will be replaced by the younger cronies on their way to being rich, too.
It is heart-breaking because who can we trust, now and for a long time to come?
— Marguerite Young
Salisbury

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