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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (5-20-14)

So far, traffic circle not slowing everyone down
I live less than a quarter of a mile from the traffic circle on Sherrill’s Ford Road. I was at the informational session at Salem Lutheran when it was being planned, and was one of the few (that I know of) locals that supported this solution. I still think it was the right answer for the intersection. However, I believe there is a flaw in how the circle was placed.
Drivers traveling from Barringer Road onto Briggs Road (generally north to south) can maintain nearly highway speed through the circle. It is almost a “straight shot” through, requiring only a slight tilt of the steering wheel, and many drivers have already perfected the move.
Couple this with the fact that the building housing Graham’s Grill blocks the view of Barringer Road for drivers traveling toward Salisbury on Sherrill’s Ford (generally west to east) and you have a very dangerous intersection still. There is going to be a serious crash. I have personally witnessed multiple near misses. Something must be done to slow the north-south traffic. Signs aren’t enough. “Rumble strips” or speed bumps for Barringer Road would seem a simple solution.
— Gary Burleyson
Salisbury

Park Avenue woes
The Park Avenue neighborhood will never be what it could as long as the city continues to ignore problems. I’ve been home for the last several weeks due to surgery and only once have I seen the police drive the neighborhood.
Last night, several items were stolen from our yard. This is the second time in four months for us. In addition, the lots on the corner of North Arlington and East Liberty streets are horribly overgrown, way out of code, and calls/emails to code enforcement have gone unanswered. The lots haven’t been mowed since before September 2013.
Supposedly these lots belong to Duke Power, which has a station across the street. If this is true, why aren’t they being held accountable?
The city of Salisbury wants to promote neighborhood revitalization but they are spending more time fighting over the Salisbury Mall than addressing current issues across the city (remember our West End neighborhood?) It’s time to take action.
— Orrie Bowes
Salisbury
Don’t praise Burr
You should have done your homework before writing this editorial (“Get answers for veterans,” Monday).
On Feb. 27, Senator Burr joined 41 other Republican senators in voting against measure S 1982 which was a bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans, along with other purposes.
Senator Burr on numerous other occasions has declined to fund services for veterans. Yet he is quick to criticize an underfunded and understaffed VA which is being overwhelmed by the returning veterans from the two Republican (ie., Bush) wars.
This is not to say that there isn’t room for improvement in VA services, and every effort should be made to rectify any wrongs. But it is the same old story: Burr voted against every economic stimulus package, but ran around the state being photographed handing out the checks as if it had been his idea.
If you go back and check the record, you will find that Sen. Kay Hagan, who comes from a strong military background, has supported every effort to fund and improve benefits for veterans.
Folks, you need to learn the facts.
— D.C. Sink
Rockwell

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