Letters to the editor – Tuesday (8-23-11)
It’s past time to take action on pressing school needs
As complex as this subject seems, I think there’s a simple answer that has been there for the 22 years we have debated the question of a central office for the school system. We merged Rowan and Salisbury systems; we did not submerge.
What do we need? Go no further than Cabarrus County Arena on N.C. 49. Such a facility could also serve as a convention center; it could host non-school events; and obviously it would be the ideal place for high school graduations. Incorporate office space for the RSSS central office.
Forget about building or buying in Salisbury. Parking and traffic should forbid even the thought. Rowan County residents own property. The Rowan County fair grounds or the industrial park have easy access and unlimited parking.
As far as the structure, go to metal buildings. That would cut expense and building time. Of course, expense is the stumbling block. The word I’m about to propose is an abomination to many, but the word is “tax.” It takes leadership in times like these. A special tax is the only means of income for any government service.
Just last week a Tea Party member suggested cutting taxes, and that those who want to raise taxes write a check. I will. But I also want everyone to follow suit. I’m a lifelong resident of the county, retired blue collar, and do not have children in the school system.
I’m tired of sitting on the sidelines. Opportunities continue to pass by Rowan, and we twist our hands and say “Oh, well, it’s hard times and we will wait a while.” I long for the leadership qualities of citizens such as Eugene McCombs and Hall Steele. They accomplished much for Rowan without worrying about their political future.
It’s time for county commissioners to take action. Get a bond referendum to take care of central office and individual school needs. If this requires a special school tax, property or sales, so be it.
— Charles F. Everson
Checks and balances
What happened to checks and balances? The Justice Department routinely announces it will no longer enforce a law. Under the Constitution it is their job to enforce the law, not determine its validity. Determining the constitutionality of a law is the responsibility of the judicial branch. Congress fails to establish a budget prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, failing to do their job, yet no one holds them accountable. The president oversteps his constitutional authority and is seldom held accountable. Do you want your member of the House of Representatives to be held accountable? Find out how you can make them accountable to we the people instead of special interest groups at www.GOooh.com
— Irving Welchons