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Letters to the editor – Friday (10-28-11)

100-year-old was made for headlines
Regarding the Oct. 25 story ěA century on, still going strongî:
I am the lady who sat down to rest in Walmart, as mentioned in the article.
The man who was sitting next to me was so nice. I asked him how old he was. He said that on Nov. 4, he would be 100.
I said that is just wonderful and told him, ěYou donít even have a wrinkle in your face. Your picture should be in the paper ó in fact, it should make the front page.î
To my surprise, when I opened my paper this morning, there was Claude Lyerly and his beautiful wife, Pauline.
Thank you, Salisbury Post.
ó Betty Graham
Salisbury
ëCourageousí dads
I want to thank the kind strangers who gave me and my family $30 on Friday night (Oct. 21) to go see the movie ěCourageous.î Although, we opted not to see the late show Friday night because of our small children, we did go see the movie on Sunday. It was a great movie that depicted the importance of male role models (especially fathers) in the lives of young children.
There are many good fathers still out there. I am blessed to have a husband who is an exceptional father to his children. I hate that I left my Kleenex, but thanks again for the kind gesture.
ó Anitra Kelly
Salisbury
Re-elect Roger Haas
I have been interested in the progress of our community here in Kannapolis and have been active in volunteer efforts for many years.
Having served on many boards and commissions within the city, I have had the opportunity to serve with Roger Haas and see the type of experience and level of dedication that he brings to our city. His background in small business brings a perspective that we need during these tough economic times.
His goal in public service is to address issues of concern and capitalize on opportunities for the city as we move forward into the future. He is an asset that we need at this time.
I urge the citizens of Kannapolis to join me in voting for Roger Haas for re-election to the Kannapolis City Council on Nov. 8.
ó Bob Caison
Kannapolis
Vote for Mallett
When choosing a leader for the town of East Spencer there is only person to consider. That person is Barbara Mallett.
Having served as town clerk for over 20 years and as a member of the Board of Aldermen, Barbara Mallett can bring experience, knowledge and integrity back to the town of East Spencer.
She has displayed through example that she is committed to the town and is fully capable of running this town both smoothly and efficiently.
On Nov. 8, cast your vote for experience, knowledge and capability. Cast your vote for Barbara Mallett for mayor for the town of East Spencer.
ó Ethel K. Evans
Salisbury
Dayvault impressive
Ryan Dayvault, a graduate of Catawba College, is seeking a seat on the Kannapolis City Council, and I am honored to endorse him.
I learned to know Ryan when I was working at Catawba and was so impressed with his maturity, his sound judgment and his work ethic. He got along well with faculty, staff, administration and students ó a rare accomplishment.
It was refreshing to learn that Ryan was offering himself for public service to the voters in Kannapolis. That is not an easy thing to do in these challenging times. However, Ryan, a native of Kannapolis who has worked as an intern in city government and who has served on numerous board and committees, loves Kannapolis more than anyone I know. In fact, former Catawba President Bob Knott often addressed him as ěMr. Kannapolis.î
Some may question Ryanís age. He will be 26 next month. Reading his credentials, I note that he has served in more volunteer capacities than most adults three times his age. I would add that the same concern was voiced about my candidacy for N.C. Senate when I ran as a 25-year-old candidate!
His employment in the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute on the North Carolina Research Campus is another plus for his candidacy. His dedication, loyalty, street smarts and desire to serve are all qualities which I hope the good voters in Kannapolis will consider when they head to the polls on Nov. 8.
ó Phillip J. Kirk
Cary
Cringe-worthy
In today’s Salisbury Post (Oct. 25), there was a political cartoon that showed President Obama displaying a chestful of medals. On one side were medals indicating he had won many War on Terror victories (OKíing the killing of Bin Laden, for example); on the other was a Purple Heart medal with the caption, ěEconomy.î
I found the idea of showing President Obama (or any other president) wearing any pseudo-military medals at all cringe-worthy enough, but the Purple Heart medal really got my goat.
A Purple Heart medal is earned by our troops for wounds sustained in combat. Too many are awarded posthumously. They are not earned for self-inflicted injuries. And, in my opinion, using the Purple Heart medal at all to symbolize a political issue is demeaning to the spirit of the Purple Heart medal itself. I was deeply offended by this for all our troops who have to live with the full effects of their Purple Heart wounds, and for the families of those troops who did not survive their wounds.
Oh, and another thing: In my opinion, showing the president wearing medals like these is like giving a coach sole credit for all his teamís wins.
ó Annette R. Hall
Salisbury
Monday deadline for endorsement letters
Letters endorsing candidates in the Nov. 8 elections must be received in the Salisbury Post newsroom by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, for publication before the election.

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