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Letters to the editor — Thursday (3-6-2014)

Regarding discussions about changes in county concealed-carry regulations:
In the Salisbury Post’s editorial of Tuesday, March 4, you said “this issue deserves more than rubber-stamp approval and stealthy implementation.” Your reporter, Jim Holt, attended our Planning Board meeting on Feb. 24 and ably reported on the meeting with an article in your paper on Feb. 25. He was also present for our subcommitee meeting on March 4 when suggested changes to county gun laws were discussed and voted on. Both of these meetings, and in fact all of the Planning Board meetings, are open meetings. At all Planning Board meetings anyone can attend and make public comments.
At the next Planning Board meeting changes suggested by the subcommittee will likely be discussed, voted on, and forwarded to the county commissioners. Their meetings as you well know are open meetings with public comments. The commissioners will then discuss and vote on any changes to the county gun laws. Stealthy implementation? Hardly. It will all have been done in open meetings. Rubber-stamp approval? Hardly. Planning Board members are independent thinkers who are not afraid to express their opinions. The same can be said for the county commissioners.
Perhaps county citizens would be better informed if a reporter was present for all Planning Board meetings. In the five plus years I have been on the board, a reporter has only been present at the last two above mentioned meetings. The agenda of the Commissioners meetings is available on the county website. Perhaps the Salisbury Post would see fit to publish the agenda prior to the meetings to better inform the public of what is going on. Isn’t that the mission of a newspaper?
— Larry Wright

Larry Wright serves on the Planning Board and is chairman of the subcommittee reviewing the alignment of county firearm regulations with state statutes.

In response to Rachel Boger’s letter (Feb 27, “Music lifts the spirit”), one very talented person is Darrell Connor, who has the Country Music Legends Band and plays three or four times every week at local nursing homes, including the N.C. Veterans Home.
All the patients and staff thoroughly enjoy Darrell and his band. You should come hear this enjoyable entertainment. You would want to come see them every week.
— Margaret Brady


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