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Letters to the editor – Saturday (12-17-11)

Shame on able-bodied drivers who use handicapped parking
I am continually shocked at how many people will park in a designated handicapped spot that is there for those who truly need it. While visiting downtown Salisbury Wednesday evening, I watched yet again as a car pulled up and parked in a handicapped spot. Sadly the car had a ticket hanging from the mirror. However, the lady who parked and walked quite rapidly down the street was in no way handicapped. She was apparently using the tag meant for someone else. This is not acceptable. I have seen this happen way too often in other areas as a disabled person struggles to walk into a store … then seeing an able bodied person getting into a handicapped spot. Those spots are for the ones who truly need them. It is not OK for you to use it when the handicapped person is not getting in or out of that car.
Shame on anyone out there who has little respect for those handicapped folks who need those spots.
I hope that none of you ever get to the point where you need a handicap tag and someone does this to you.
Be polite … and stay healthy by parking farther out and walking and leaving those spots for those who need them.
ó Colleen Morris
Salisbury
Bravo for great performance
Thank you to Dr. Karl Hales, Neal Wilkinson, Leslie Dunkin, McClain Miles and Susan Trivette for the Christmas Tradition performance! I had the most enjoyable evening listening to your wonderful stories and songs of the season. I look forward to the Eighth Annual Celebration.
ó Debi Lentz
Salisbury
Remember reason for season
As Christmas is fast approaching, and people are so busy, I wonder if we really think about why we celebrate Christmas.
The reason is because the day was chosen to be Christís birthday. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever would believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
How wonderful it would be if we would accept him as the perfect gift ó the reason God sent him was to die for our sins. Can we even think what a death he died so that we could be forgiven for our sins? Godís word tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, and no one comes to the father but by him. So many are deceived and think there are many ways to heaven, but only through Jesus.
We have a choice to make while we live, whether we accept him or reject him. When we leave this world it will be too late to decide. Today is the day. We donít have a promise of tomorrow.
My prayer for everyone is love in Christ our savior.
ó Alma Johnson
Salisbury
Eradicating obesity
We need a quick solution that doesnít correspond to a number on a value menu. It is evident that the obesity epidemic is growing larger within our community, and the community at large.
Many of these individuals are unaware of how they became obese and the life-altering steps they can take in order to eradicate it. Obesity increases an individualís risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type-2 diabetes and, in extreme cases, cancer. This chronic disease can be treated with daily exercise and a balanced nutritional diet.
Moreover, obesity can cause much more than physical harm; it can also lead to deep depression and a loss of self-confidence. In a world of computer imaging and retouching, we have lost a sense of reality and a sense of ourselves.
Obese individuals must realize the consequences that follow the disease and begin to take action, immediately. We cannot afford to waste another day, forcing our society to be something we are not. As a health educator I realize the importance of promoting a healthy balance of eating correctly and exercising regularly. This disease can easily be treated with the right balance of mind, body and spirit. We must all work diligently to provide a safe place in society for these individuals to pursue their weight loss journey.
ó Aaron Tyler
Greensboro

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