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Hmm. This article states “One purpose of the tax credit was to even out construction costs between old and new buildings, thereby encouraging adaptive re-use of buildings.” I guess that’s only if it benefits the city of Salisbury (downtown, esp.), right? Because if the county commissioners adapt and re-use a building, instead of building a brand-new building that will only benefit one group of administrators and bureaucrats (instead of room to grow for all agencies), it’s horrific and dictatorial.
— Steve Pender

Actually, in order to be eligible for the program, the building has to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (typically 50+ years old and have meaningful importance to the history, craftsmanship or architecture of a place). I think we’re talking apples and oranges here.
— Brian M. Davis

Definitely a legislative trick, with a large enough carrot that it’s sure to work. How long will a teacher work for 11.2% less than the teacher beside her, on principle, when it’s within her own power to take the raise, especially knowing that with so many opting for the raise, tenure is heading for the grave either way?
— Kathy Vestal

Good suggestion, Dr. Jensen. We disabled Vietnam veterans get all kinds of medical help, some get money for their sacrifice. More than any of that the “Nam” vets need kind words once and a while. Not pity but sincere remarks from the people of that generation. The welcome homes and thank you for your service are hard to take at times. Where were these kind of Americans that really gave a hoot how we were?
— Ken Beck

Good letter. Other people are asking the same thing, but they just read their paper and don’t post comments.
— Glenda Kearns

The city had more than one public hearing about Fibrant before EVER moving forward. Getting little resistance from the public who bothered to show up to the hearings the city, rightfully so, moved forward. It was only after they got started and Time Warner et al realized they were going to lose customers over this did they stir up a public backlash against Fibrant. Never telling the public that the city initially sought a public/private partnership and only moved forward on their own when they got spurned by the other providers.
— Michael Cobb


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