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Quotes of the week

1. “It’s a well-known axiom that if you’re not for me, you’re against me. Change is necessary.” — The Rev. Olen V. Bruner, pastor, Trinity Presbyterian, on a voter registration drive to counter state ID law

2. “Every teacher puts their heart and soul into it. … But the very foundational benefits of being a teacher are being stripped away.” — Ron Turbyfill, educator, on protesting legislature’s actions on education

3. “…[A]s constitutional officers of this county, while we disagree with the injunction, we have chosen to voluntarily comply with it while the United States Supreme Court hears a similar legislative prayer case.” — Chairman Jim Sides, Rowan County Board of Commissioners, before recessing a meeting for commissioners to pray in private

4. “We … normally receive full cooperation from parents who want to find their missing children, without involving an attorney.” — Capt. John Sifford, Rowan Sheriff’s Office, on investigating the disappearance of teen Erica Parsons, — gone two years but only reported missing last week

5. “I’m going to extend the olive branch.” — Pete Kennedy, Salisbury City Council, on granting the county’s request for funds to help the recently de-annexed county airport

6. “I don’t miss. I don’t miss.” — Russ Roakes, on logging more than 1,000 miles in daily walks downtown in one year

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