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Letters to the editor – Wednesday (6-20-2012)

My 2 cents on city’s economic future
It was with great pleasure that I read the economic development article in the June 17 Salisbury Post, and I thank Emily Ford for such a well researched and factual piece.
I want to thank the City Council, Doug Paris, Randy Hemann, Robert Van Geons, James Meacham, Mark Lewis and all city and county employees who have spent many hours in helping this amalgamation of DSI, EDC and TDA, (Downtown Salisbury Inc., Economic Development Commission and Tourism Development Authority) resulting in a more proactive partnership with an economic agenda that shares similar goals.
Tourism and economic development go hand in hand in developing and attracting business, and our great city has the opportunity to cash in with this new attitude of support.
As Meacham said so eloquently, “At the end of the day, it’s about job creation and investment.”
Salisbury is well known for the arts and culture and is proactive in securing grants and endowments developing these assets. Let’s hope we continue improving our impact and enlarge our artistic community and encourage more development in this attractive business incubator.
In light of the new era of corroboration and taking a more businesslike tone, Mayor Paul Woodson has given priority for the next two years to economic development, recruitment and spurring people to come into our city.
If we are to hold ourselves as promoters for a positive business climate and encourage economic opportunities for all, then we must be a city free of discrimination and encourage inclusion and diversity.
We must support and offer encouragement, no matter what the color of their skin, what or where someone prays or whomever their partner is.
It’s about equality, integrity, diversity and inclusiveness.
Who knows, our next president could be a Mormon!
My dad told me, “If you don’t put your two cents in now, how can you expect to get change?”
— Frank Justin
Salisbury
Letter of gratitude
It was just another regular luncheon date for the Classy Red Hats of Salisbury. We were having fun sharing funny jokes and stories while we waited for our food when our server came over to us and announced that our meal had been paid for by a generous gentleman, we think. The server had been instructed not to reveal the source. We sent all types of appreciation messages by her to the donor. Of course, the rest of the lunch we spent time looking around the restaurant trying to identify the person. Finally we asked if the gentleman had left and the server said yes. We looked over at the table that we think was where the person was seated and it was vacant. We want to say again that we enjoyed the meal and the service at Cracker Barrel.
— Sara Owens
Salisbury
Owens is the “queen mother” of the Classy Red Hats of Salisbury.

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