Quotes of the week

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 20, 2013

“Good morning pops. Have a nice day.” — Abraham Jenkins, Salisbury 19-year-old, in last text message to father before being shot dead

“We can’t let three people in Rowan County tell us what to do.” — John Castor, Christian, on plaintiffs in lawsuit that seeks to stop commissioners’ sectarian prayers during official meetings

“[W]hy would you reduce a job that’s bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars brought into this community that’s spent here?” — Elaine Howle, Veteran Services Office, on commissioners’ plan to reduce her hours

“I cannot be silenced.” — Jon Barber, commissioner, on censure investigation launched by fellow Rowan commissioners

“In no way, shape or form is this retribution for Mr. Barber speaking to the press.” — Craig Pierce, commission vice chair, on investigation of Jon Barber

“We’re still going to be way behind all the other cities around us.” — Rodney Queen, Tree Board chairman, on updated tree rules adopted by Salisbury

“I never knew bacon could taste so good.” — Gina Winchester, Rowan Fair fan, upon trying chocolate-covered bacon