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Letters to the editor Thursday (3-26-15)

Porky’s Spencer project is taking a familiar path

In the March 19 Salisbury Post, I read with interest the story, “Porky’s closed in Salisbury; Spencer site still in limbo.”

The citizens of Spencer were optimistic when Premier Development bought most of the property at the Spencer Station. That was in late 2013, and we patiently waited for the anticipated 2014 opening of Porky’s No. 3 in Spencer.

Now, in March 2015, Porky’s IV closes and we learn Mr. Register “wants to open a Porky’s in Spencer but is unsure if or when it will happen.”

This sounds vaguely familiar. Anyone remember plans for a race track and condos on the Yadkin River in Spencer?

Maybe the Salisbury Post should have waited until April 1 to print this story and ended it with “April Fools Day! We were only kidding about bringing a Porky’s to Spencer.”

Spencer loses out again.

— Sylvia Chillcott
Spencer

Enough border race-baiting

After reading the article about the double standard applied to securing our borders, I felt disappointed. Like so many others, the author chose to play that all-too-convenient race card. To suggest border policies differ because of skin color is tiresome. There are deep differences between the two borders and deserve better than just a shallow charge.

For many years our neighbors to the south have had to endure political unrest. Consequently, countless people have fled, with many seeking refuge in the United States. I don’t blame them.

Conversely, our northern neighbors have been much more fortunate and stable. There has been no mass exodus. I have no doubt there have been and will be attempts by nefarious people up north  trying to cross our border. Hopefully, our government is not so naive and lax to think such a thing can’t happen.

Nevertheless, when you read articles from our liberal press reporting on crimes involving illegal immigrants, the perpetrators are not usually from Manitoba. And as for that notorious, ruthless Winnipeg drug cartel …

The fact is the southern border is more dangerous than the north. And that is not an indictment against anyone. But if we want to make progress towards securing our borders, we’ve got to quit playing the race card.

Nobody is trying to keep people out. We just want an efficient method in how we let them in.

— Allan Gilmour
Salisbury

Thanks and a challenge

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for the response to my “apology” letter (“An apology to all,” March 9). They were very much appreciated.

Next on the agenda, my pastor has presented the members of my church with a challenge, this being to increase the average number of people in our Sunday fellowship by 20 percent on or before Jan. 1, 2016.  I would like to extend this challenge to all of you. If you are currently in a church, take someone new with you. If you don’t have a church, come to mine — Trading Ford Baptist Church, where no one will judge you but God. Check us out.

— Jeff Long
Salisbury

Correction

Robin Daye is a teacher at Hanford Dole Elementary School in Salisbury, part of the Rowan-Salisbury School System. Sunday’s Post identified the wrong city for the school in the letters column.

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