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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (11-8-11)

Stoplight a better solution than roundabout plan
I donít know who first thought of putting a roundabout at the intersection of Briggs, Barringer and Sherrills Ford roads. But have you really taken all things into consideration?
(1) The wiring is already there for a stoplight. That would be the most logical solution, in my opinion; also, the least expensive.
In a time when the economy is as bad as it is now, I donít want my tax dollars going for a roundabout.
(2) Have you thought about what it would do to Grahamís Grill? This store has been there for more than 40 years. Itís the only place within miles to eat out. This roundabout would take the parking lot, and there goes the grill. This would shut down a thriving business and cause more people to be unemployed.
Put the stoplight up and leave the grill and parking lot alone.
ó Shirley Smith
Salisbury
A lesson in liberal arts
Steve Penderís Monday letter (ěHere my plan to improve education rankingî) led me to wonder when was the last time he set foot in a school. Smaller classrooms (34 in a class in high school) … well-disciplined children … each teacher has a Macbook? All students have computers? … May I ask where?
Computer knowledge is a necessity now if you want to acquire a job, be competitive in the job market or further your studies. I do agree social networking is not a job skill, and most schools do block those sites.
Education is suffering because of liberal arts graduates? Grouping them all under an umbrella does not make any sense. Liberal arts studies lead you to other fields but provide you with a pretty wide background in history, literature, languages, math and the sciences ó but not in how to be liberal. I never took that class. Liberal studies open the door to further studies. Public schools do the same. It is up to the individual to open that door even wider.
As a liberal arts graduate and a retired teacher, I am offended by such nonsense. If you are willing and open-minded enough (without becoming liberal), you will see proof that public education is working.
We have great talent and knowledge in this country, in this state … just be liberal enough to face it.
ó Annick Nurisso
Salisbury
A masterful performance
Congratulations to Maestro Matthew Michael Brown and his Chancel Choir and Chamber Orchestra for the splendid performance of the beautiful Requiem by Gabriel FaurČ at the All Saintsí Sunday morning (Nov. 6) service at Salisburyís First United Methodist Church. This is a deeply moving and satisfying work and was done full justice by the choir, which sang with a full, rich sound. The celebrated soprano solo ěPie Jesuî was beautifully sung by Martha Smith, and Scott MacLeod was the rich-voiced baritone soloist in sections of the ěOffertoryî and ěLibera Me.î
As prelude and postlude to the service, Brown gave virtuoso performances of movements from the Third Organ Symphony by Louis Vierne, and a string trio played the charming First Gymnopedie by Erik Satie at the Offertory. The recessional hymn was one of my favorites, ěFor All the Saints, Who From Their Labors Rest,î by the great English composer Ralph Vaughn Williams.
ó Dale Higbee Salisbury
Higbee is the founder of Carolina Baroque, an ensemble group that performed for 23 years before giving its final concert earlier this year.

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