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Letters to the editor – Sunday (8-28-11)

Many are working to help students
For a number of issues now, Pastor Bill Godair has published his “Open Letter” to the community. He details his case for something to be done to improve the facilities at Knox Middle School. He also makes clear that school administrative offices need attention as well.
The volunteer cleanup organized by Cornerstone Church is laudable, and I compliment its implementation. What a blessing volunteer help can be.
At the same time, I’m troubled by Pastor Godair’s lament and accusation: “Does anyone have the guts to stand for anything anymore?” “Where are the local pastors?” he continues. Perhaps Pastor Godair isn’t aware that others are working with Knox and other schools in ways that are different from cleaning and painting.
The Communities in Schools program has enlisted many people to help as tutors and advocates for students having difficulties with their subjects. As a retired Lutheran pastor I have worked with a student every week in her reading and comprehensive skills and will continue to do so in this new school year. My two pastors from St. John’s Lutheran Church are also serving as mentors along with at least 25 members of our church.
We are not alone, for other individuals are also involved with the mentoring effort. It is not flashy, but a quiet way of working with students one on one.
I regret that anger is vented in the pastor’s open letter. Putting everyone down and issuing a call to a polemic on the issues raised seems to distract from the main concern. I’m sorry that Pastor Godair interjects national politics by stating his displeasure “with the way our country is headed.” Sounds to me like his agenda is much more than Knox.
Blessings on all those who contribute so much of themselves to see that our children are educated in spite of the obstacles that are faced — Knox school is a case in point. Perhaps affirmation, support, involvement and concern are the best places for all of us to begin.
— David P. Nelson
Salisbury
Where’s our pride?
On Monday, Aug. 22, I made a rare visit to the main Post Office on East Innes Street. I was appalled and embarrassed by what I saw on the east side of the building, leading up to the front entrance. The grass was very high, and plastic bags and trash littered the area. Also, the shrubs are so tall and unkempt that they provide perfect cover for any potential wrongdoers, i.e. muggers, to hide behind. I don’t know who is responsible for the building’s ground maintenance, but they are definitely not doing their job.
Another disturbing sight in our town is at the corner of South Lee and East Bank streets. This property is so overgrown and neglected it looks like a scene from a horror movie. I, for one, have always been proud of Salisbury’s All-American status. Viewing gross negligence such as these two examples makes me disappointed and sad.
Appearances speak out loud and clear to visitors and possible new residents. What is happening to our “All-American” pride?
— Margaret T. Shumate
Salisbury

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