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Letters to the editor – Monday (11-14-11)

Thereís a germ out there
with your name on it
People, pay attention! If you work with the public, as in restaurants or health care, you must wash your hands often to prevent the spread of pathogens (germs).
Some of you need to wake up. You could kill somebody!
Waitress, maybe you didnít realize you just moved a dirty floor mat with your hands and then grabbed a clean glass before dragging it through the ice bin and serving it. Maybe no one told you when you handle dirty plates that you need to wash your hands before delivering food to customers. Maybe you got distracted when you handled money at the register, then buttered biscuits without washing your hands.
Did you also not realize you put your mouth on your drinking straw, then grasped the end of it to stir your beverage? Maybe you just didnít realize you coughed into your hands twice and went back to work without washing them. And your cook was daydreaming as he dragged the back of his hand across his mouth and nose while cooking. Donít deny it, because I saw all of this. If this is how you behave within sight of customers, what happens when nobodyís looking?
Operators, you and your people are primary transmitters of food borne, illness-causing pathogens, and hand-washing is the most effective means of prevention. Flu season is upon us, and we all need to be more vigilant about hand-washing and personal hygiene. You need to watch your peopleís behaviors and correct them immediately. One food borne illness attributed to your establishment could finish off your business; word travels fast in a town of 30,000.
Health inspectors, where are you in all this? First, thank you for doing what you do: inspection after inspection, rarely greeted with a smile, always looking for infractions. Pay closer attention to unsafe behaviors among the staff (not staph) and donít worry so much about open bags of sugar in our kitchens; we all have one in our cupboards at home.
ó Russ Garland
Salisbury
The reason weíre free
I remember when being a vet and 50 cents would get you a cup of coffee. Now we can get a meal for free, and that is a good thing. And I even had a couple of calls thanking me for serving my country. Totally unexpected and really nice.
Now the vets from Korea and íNam can hold our heads up like the guys from WWI and WWII.
We welcome the veterans from the 20-year Gulf wars. You are in a most unique club.
The vets know this, so I’ll remind everybody else:
We are the reason yaíll are free.
All gave some,
Some gave all.
To Rick Lowder and Rick Propst: Yaíll are finally heroes.
Makes me proud God let me be an American.
God bless the United States of America.
ó Mike Ross
Salisbury
Tasty tribute appreciated
On behalf of all veterans I wish to thank Applebeeís for the great free dinners offered to the military veterans. Management was outstanding, as were the servers. The menu was an excellent one. I chose the steak and it was perfect.
Veterans treat those right who treat them right, so my party will be visiting Applebee’s often.
Thanks, Applebee’s.
ó George Bass
Salisbury
Thank you to voters
I would like to thank the voters of Kannapolis for your support on Nov. 8. I truly appreciate the confidence that you have placed in me to represent the people of Kannapolis. It really means a lot to me personally to have the support of so many good people.
I promise that I will make decisions using good, sound, common sense judgment that represents the people of Kannapolis. These are the values that built the city that we all love. In doing so, I hope to inspire other younger residents to be active in their community and involved in the political process. My election should be a shining example of what can be accomplished in this great land of wonder, America. Thanks again for your vote of confidence.
ó Ryan Dayvault
Kannapolis
Dayvault won election to the Kannapolis City Council.

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