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Letters to the editor – Wednesday

Food donations were more than fair
What is magic about 10,570? This is the total poundage of food Rowan Helping Ministries received from the Rowan County Fair. The other magical factor is this amount of food will help more than 400 families in Rowan County. We want to thank everyone who brought food to the fair grounds and also would like to thank the Rowan County Fair Association, Faith Jaycees and Spencer Jaycees for their continued commitment to our community and support of our ministry.
With an unemployment rate of 11.7 percent in Rowan County, we continue to see increasing need in our community for food. Last fiscal year, 315,500 pounds of groceries were distributed to 18,000 individuals. We give out more than 40 jars of peanut butter every day. Without the ongoing generous food donations from our community, we would have to spend over $3,300 each month on peanut butter alone.
We thank you for you ongoing support.
ó Cam Campbell
Salisbury
Campbell is the director of resource development & community relations for Rowan Helping Ministries.
A great man
I am writing in regards to the untimely death of 1st Sgt. Michael Phelps. I did not know 1st Sergeant Phelps as a teacher/ instructor; I knew him as a father and a friend.
I came to know Mike (no disrespect intended; that is how I knew him) in 1999; he was a single father with a love for his children and his students. He contacted me as a babysitter for his son so that he could take his students to drill meets, scuba trips or other community events. Michael Phelps had a tough exterior but underneath it all he had a huge heart. I canít count the times he called me at all times of the day to watch his young son because one of his students needed him. I watched Christopher from the time he was an infant until he went to kindergarten and I went to college. It was a bittersweet separation because Christopher and Mike ó and letís not forget the two Pomeranians, Trooper and Sampson ó had become part of my family.
I am saddened by the loss of such a great man, but I know that he left a legacy in the lives of so many young people and their families that his memory will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes out to Jamie, Tiffany, Christopher and Isabella on the loss of your husband and father. You should all know that you were loved unconditionally by Mike and he is now watching over you. May God forever bless you all.
ó Mary Burridge
Salisbury
Jarring road repairs
I live on Back Creek Church Road, and I want to know why the state of North Carolina is wasting our tax dollars on this tar and pit gravel ó and mostly loose gravel at that. You are not even fixing the potholes properly. Why not?
Iím not the only one in the county thinking this, and Iím sure you will hear of more. But where is the common sense? How many windshields and tires will you purchase before you understand this stuff is useless?
ó Scott Brumley
Mt.Ulla

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