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Letters to the editor — Sunday (7-20-14)

Send in the clowns? They’re already here!
As the paper continues to cover the disgusting case of the two former city employees who got such a golden handshake out of leaving, my feelings of revulsion increase on seeing that neither the Council nor the mayor will accept anything other than sweeping this dirty mess under the rug and asking for forgetfulness.
Never mind the surprising raises for the two which I seriously doubt they deserved in these times when so many are poorly paid and without benefits. How could this be allowed to happen? I have no respect for nor confidence in the present Council and mayor and await an investigation by the attorney general to determine what really was behind this. It may be that the two knew of embarrassing details of malfeasance and incompetence within the city’s business dealings and were simply bought off.
Whatever ultimately comes to light, this is already an example of gross nincompoopery by those responsible for hiring the former city manager and agreeing to such a contract. Did he deserve it? No! There are plenty of people who would work for less, and, I believe, would have performed better. I am thoroughly nauseated and call on the people of Salisbury to not forget this when election time arises next year.
— Richard Nash Creel
Salisbury

After reading the article detailing the additional fencing installed at the magistrate’s office, I am sure the Statesville fencing company was happy to make $2,800 when the county decided to modify the existing fencing. However, why did we not want to have our local (Salisbury) fencing companies install the additional fencing? We have one company (Shuler Fencing) that is just around the corner from the magistrate’s office. It is my opinion that those negotiating for the city need to think about the residents and the local businesses and buy local whenever possible. We are ones who pay their salarie.
— Dianne Cupp
Salisbury

Grateful for stories like the Bosts’
Thank God for people like Velma and Ray Bost! They give me hope for the future after reading about break-ins, killings and drug dealings in Salisbury and around the world. Would that more of us would learn about their work ethic, honesty and sticking together through difficult times. Please keep writing more stories like this to inspire us.
— Ilse Cardelle
Salisbury

I would like to respond to the comment made in the editorial in Sunday’s paper — July 13, 2014. “Years from now, will younger generations wonder what all the fuss was about?” That is the problem. Will the younger generations know that marriage between a man and woman is normal and natural? Will they know that marriage between same-sex couples is not normal and not natural?
Since when does public policy have more authority than God’s word? Read Genesis Chapter 1.
— Kathy Varnadore
Richfield

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