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Letters to the editor – Monday (9-12-11)

Reviving memories from the past
I enjoyed the special halftime ceremony that occurred at the Salisbury High vs. South Rowan football game.
It was certainly a well organized and deserving event that recognized former championship football teams from J.C. Price and Boyden high schools. Coaches Lancaster, Ludwig and Pinyan received tributes for their leadership in making it possible for these teams to establish winning seasons and win state championships.
Salisbury High Principal Windsor Eagle did an outstanding job of providing information about the history of the teams and introducing the former players. Former SHS Assistant Principal and J.C. Price teacher/coach Fred Evans should be congradulated in assisting with the coordination of the event and others who helped.
— Quentin Woodward Jr.
Salisbury (graduate of J.C. Price High School)
Great year at Knox
For the past two years I have had the privilege of serving as the Rowan-Salisbury middle school curriculum specialist. In January 2011, I began working primarily at Knox Middle School.
At Knox, I found students who are eager to learn and teachers who work hard to ensure that students are provided a variety of educational opportunities. Knox students are some of the most polite and courteous students that I have had the privilege to work with, and the teachers are dedicated to meeting the needs of their students and providing them with the best education possible.
During the time that I have been at Knox, the district has provided a variety of facility improvements to the school. Some of the improvements include renovating the gymnasium, providing active boards, iPods and laptops for classrooms, and painting.
A few moths ago, I accepted a position as an assistant principal at Knox. I spent the summer working closely with the principal, Dr. James Davis. The new administrative team worked through the summer to ensure that this school year is a great success for Knox students. Administrators, teachers and staff are all excited about the great school year ahead of us.
This August marked my 15th year in education, and it has been the best school opening of my career.
— Donna T. Hamilton
Mooresville
Try a little kindness
Within the past four days in Salisbury, I’ve encountered two extremely rude and just plain mean individuals.
The first was at a restaurant. It was Saturday night and the restaurant was packed. I placed a to-go order and was standing in line patiently waiting to have my order rung up. In storms a woman who was not appropriately dressed for public and cuts into the line. She threw her pizzas down on the counter and demanded someone listen to her. The poor acting manager did everything she could to appease the angry customer and even offered to replace the pizzas for free.
The woman was not satisfied. When I turned to my friends and said my food was going to get cold, the woman’s equally ill-mannered friend turned to me and said, “Stop smiling it’s not funny.” You’re right. It’s not funny. It’s sad — sad that adults act like that in a public establishment.
The next incident happened at the back entrance of a building downtown. I was trying to unload some heavy boxes and needed to move closer to the building. I was waiting on a gentleman to move his vehicle. It was only going to take a few seconds. A stern looking female approached my vehicle and was extremely rude. “Can you move into the 30-minute loading space? You are in my spot.” Really? Is that attitude necessary?
What happened to the Southern genteel way of being nice and cordial to people? Since when is it OK to be so hateful? I always treat people the way I want to be treated. Even if I’m angry, I’m still nice and above all, respectful.
Next time, why don’t you act a little nicer? Pay it forward. I guarantee if you’re just a little more pleasant to someone, they’ll be more willing to help you out. Don’t be so harsh. Be kind!
— Laura Jollay
Winston-Salem

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