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Letters to the editor – Monday (12-19-11)

North Rowan High ROTC deserves a big salute
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the women of Altrusa of Salisbury, with help from volunteers from Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, distributed food at the Civic Center on Boundary Street.
The mission was to distribute huge quantities of USDA food supplies to eligible stamp recipients residing in Rowan County. The four-hour distribution was well organized and executed, due in very large part to the ROTC students from North Rowan High School. These young men and women performed very physically demanding work, non-stop ó stocking all the goods, lifting, toting, running and hauling items, for the entire session. And never once was a groan or complaint uttered. It would not have been possible without them. Every one of them deserves our sincere thanks and admiration. Their tireless dedication and willing attitude inspired and encouraged us all.
Thank you, North Rowan ROTC, for reminding us what quality youth can do. You made your community very proud!
ó Brenda Wood
Salisbury
Handicaps arenít obvious
In response to the Dec. 17 letter ěShame on able-bodied drivers who use handicapped parkingî:
I am sure there are many people who abuse handicapped parking spaces, but you should not judge the health of another person just by looking at him/her. A person can look completely healthy, but in reality they can have health problems that cannot be detected by a look. A person can have a disease, breathing problems, heart problems, high blood pressure and many other health problems that stop them from being able to walk long distances. It is not always the pace at which a person can walk but the distance a person is able to walk. Please keep this in mind the next time you want to judge someone.
ó Jamie Parker
Salisbury
Donít judge so quickly
This is in response to Colleen Morrisí letter about handicapped parking. Some people do abuse parking privileges, but there are also those with handicaps that arenít visible. I have multiple sclerosis. You couldnít tell by looking at me, but I cannot walk farther than 30-40 feet without needing to sit down, or I might fall. When in a store, I can only stay a short period due to weakness and numbness that occurs in the legs. You shouldnít judge anyone by what you see. You never know what is going on with them on the inside. Handicaps come in many forms!
ó Teresa Dunn
Salisbury
Use DOT funds elsewhere
I just finished reading the front-page article about the proposed traffic circle drawing criticism.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has the money it says it needs to spend and the DOT is determined to use it at the intersection of Briggs and Barringer roads, regardless of what anyone else says or wants. This is not a matter of public opinion, as Pat Ivey stated, but a matter of using this money where the DOT wants to use it, and no other opinion matters. If the DOT wants to spend this money, then use it where it is needed. There are plenty of other places that money could be used.
If you spend it where itís not needed, then the DOT shouldnít cry and beg for more money on a project that really needs this funding.
ó Shirley Smith
Salisbury

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