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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (11-9-11)

Salisbury has many issues that need to be addressed
While Salisbury can proudly boast of her rich history and can even take pride for attracting a few tourists to enjoy it, the current and future issues are much more pressing and need to be addressed.
Unfortunately my comments wonít appear before the election, but it doesnít take a rocket scientist to predict the winners and losers. Maybe I should rephrase that. Most of the winners are losers and vice-versa.
Itís such a shame that a large percent of the population arenít able to vote due to lack of print or Internet access that would be informative concerning candidates and their opinions. Transportation is also another problem for many. Because of this, many candidates havenít been given a fair shot.
Surrounded by so many progressive areas, Salisbury continues to be stagnant if not regressive in any attempt to surpass or even keep up with other communities. We seem to possess all of the drawbacks of a small town, i.e. inadequate housing, too many ordinances and too little police protection; having to commute to assorted places to find employment, better pay and benefits; inability to attract and keep new competitive businesses. A variety of restaurants, home improvement centers, grocery and department stores that don’t include driving to another town would be great!
The only successes here seem to involve banks, pharmacies and attorneys.
There are also some negative big-city issues that appear in our city, such as traffic congestion and county property infringement as a result of poor planning. Then there is the 19 percent poverty rate which directly involves Salisburyís high unemployment rate. Our crime rate is equal to or higher than many other cities.
Thank goodness the days of lynching, hanging and other archaic means of punishment are forbidden … yeah, even in hysterical, I mean historical, Salisbury.
ó Deborah Allen
Salisbury
A friendís view of Lore case
It really saddened me to read all of the negative comments regarding the Lore case. I guess it hasnít crossed anyoneís mind that they were found not guilty because they ARE not guilty. Anyone who sat through their trial and paid attention to the evidence would have realized that.
Itís also disturbing how the Salisbury Postís headline read ěLores receive probation on child abuse chargesî when they were actually found not guilty of child abuse. Granted, the Post later changed child abuse to child neglect on their website, but that was not accurate either. The Sheriffís Office press release, at the time of their arrest on March 23, said the children had been removed from the home on that date, but in fact, the children had been living with Angieís mother for months. The animal cruelty charges stemmed from a claim that their three pet dogs were malnourished, but no pictures were provided to show that, and a witness who had seen the dogs the night before said they were very healthy. The dead animal found on the property was a possum. Letís not forget the fact that the children were home schooled and copies of some of their school work were presented in court. They were found guilty on the paraphernalia charges. These items had been left in their home by a couple who had lived with them until February when the Lores told them to get out (one of the reasons being they suspected they were using drugs).
Dave and Angie have gone through more than I hope I ever have to. They love their children and have done the very best they could with all the challenges theyíve faced. They are caring people that will do anything within their power to help others and I am proud to count them among my friends.
ó Sarah Day
Salisbury

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