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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (11-1-11)

From war to gourds, Rose Post covered it all
I have been wanting to write a short letter to the Post regarding how I met Rose Post.
Back during the first Gulf war, Desert Storm, our son was in the Air Force. He was deployed to Saudi Arabia with his unit. Rose was writing articles about service personnel and their missions during these deployments. Thatís how I got to know Rose. She did us proud writing about our loved ones while they were away and in harmís way.
Then there was the year when I did not grow any pumpkins, and I decided to paint faces on some gourds for Halloween, giving each person a gourd jack-oí-lantern. Rose saw them, and sure enough, it turned into a story.
Recently, I spoke to columnist Mark Wineka. I asked him if he was taking Rose Postís place, and he said, ěNo one could do that.î
I agree. I put her in a class with people like Andy Rooney of ě60 Minutesî fame. One of a kind … Iíll bet one day, they both will be working reporters in that big newsroom in the sky.
This has been my experience with a wonderful woman. But first, one more thing. Our son brought some MREs (meals ready to eat) back from his tour in the Gulf war. These were French MREs, and I took some and gave them to Rose. She told me she gave them to her grandchildren, and donít you know, they had wine in them. Thatís the French for you …
ó Hugh Martin
Salisbury
Kennedy for council
William ěPeteî Kennedy is a name you can can trust when it comes to Salisbury city government. He has truly stood the test of time and is still working quietly anld efficiently without fanfare to keep Salisbury moving toward progress, growth and development. Elected and re-elected for nine terms, he has proven to be a man of the people. When visiting your local precinct, please cast your vote for William ěPeteî Kennedy ó a vote for stability, progress and experience.
ó Gretta Saunders
Salisbury
Support incumbents
The current City Council members have survived a difficult two years, during which they have kept taxes level and maintained city services. This has not been easy, far from it, and they deserve to be reorganized and rewarded.
They maintained the cityís commitment to Fibrant, often in the face of critics and naysayers, including some of their challengers. Time is starting to prove they were right and the critics were wrong. Already ahead of target, Fibrant can be expected to start putting money into the city coffers in a few years, while helping attract industry to Salisbury.
With all of that said, I would urge my fellow citizens to support the incumbent council members; Mayor Susan Kluttz, Mayor Pro-Tem Maggie Blackwell, Pete Kennedy, Brian Miller and Paul Woodson. They’ve earned our support and deserve to be continued in office.
ó John P. Burke
Salisbury
New faces needed
Fall is a beautiful season ó a refreshing change in the weather, color in the trees, good fall products at the farmerís market and many other changes in the season.
Another refreshing change would be new faces on the Salisbury City Council.
ó Katherine Stokes
Salisbury
Mallett for mayor
In Stephen Coveyís book ěThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,î the author discusses the following habits:
ěBe proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win/win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize and sharpen the saw.î
Without question, Barbara Mallett is the best candidate to fill the position of mayor in the town of East Spencer, because she embodies all of these attributes along with many others. Barbara is knowledgeable, focused on priorities, decisive, meticulous, compassionate and innovative. In addition, her past experience coupled with her effective human relations skills would facilitate her interactions with local citizens and the general public.
A vote for Barbara Mallett on Nov. 8 would open the door to intuitive, sound leadership.
ó Jean Kennedy
Salisbury
Kincaid for Kann. council
I am pleased to support Tom Kincaid for election on Nov. 8 to the Kannapolis City Council.
In February 2010, Mr. Kincaid was selected, out of six candidates, to fill the unexpired two-year term of former council member Richard Anderson. In that time, Mr. Kincaid has gained a firm understanding of civic affairs and management of Kannapolis city government.
As a 19-year resident of Kannapolis, Mr. Kincaid has distinguished himself as a leader in business, civic and church organizations. With his experience as a veteran commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, he understands and adheres to the values of teamwork and mutual consideration. As a self employed owner of Caremoor Retirement Center on Kannapolis Parkway, he has developed a successful business while serving others in the industry. As a result of his leadership while serving as president of Kannapolis Rotary Club, the club gained statewide recognition. Mr. Kincaid is honored to serve as an elder in his church, Bethpage Presbyterian Church.
Kannapolis is a unique community with a tremendous growth future, not only a center for scientific research, but a model for small town character as well. Mr. Kincaidís leadership style and ability would greatly enhance the sense of community already demonstrated in the city of Kannapolis.
On Nov. 8, please mark your ballot for Tom Kincaid, Kannapolis City Council.
ó Bob Fallis
China Grove
3 concerned candidates
As a business manager and a small business owner, I would like to express my opinion on the upcoming Kannapolis City Council elections. Tom Kincaid, Roger Haas and Ryan Dayvault have all three been in my workplace addressing my concerns over the downtown Kannapolis area, or lack thereof. Listening to my ideas, and sharing theirs. Hoping we can all work together to bring more retailers, more jobs and a lot more to be proud of in this wonderful, often underestimated city of Kannapolis.
ó Mary Ann Winn Daley
Kannapolis

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