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Letters to the editor – Saturday (10-24-15)

Kannapolis, Concord share solid relationship

I am writing to comment on the excellent level of cooperation between the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis.

Today, our local governments routinely work together on solutions to large and small challenges alike. The work over the last 16 years to secure adequate future water supplies through the interbasin transfer certificate process, which culminated in this month’s opening of the Concord/Kannapolis-Albemarle waterline, is a prime example of this partnership and how the region benefits. More than a decade of developing Concord/Kannapolis Area Transit (Rider) is another visible sign of sharing resources to benefit the greater community.

There are two reasons why this level of intergovernmental partnership exists. One is the professionalism of the city managers, who encourage city staff members to find common solutions for communities that blend more seamlessly than ever. The second is the environment for this teamwork made possible by the support of both cities’ elected officials, which is deepened by positive group and individual working relationships.

I am fortunate to have a strong friendship and working relationship with Roger Haas that extends over 40 years. As elected leaders in Cabarrus County, we have a lot in common and each benefit from the different perspective we can offer each other. The exchanges we have not only benefit our communities in areas of partnership, but also bring better decision-making in general because we remember that we are not living and working in isolation.

I respect Roger’s judgment and integrity, and greatly value our working relationship and friendship. I am convinced that citizens of Kannapolis and Concord would equally enjoy the benefits of his leadership for another four year term.

— Scott Padgett


Padgett is mayor of Concord.

Incumbents serve well

The city of Kannapolis is embarking on revitalization. Having been a part of many late night meetings with our current Kannapolis City Council members, I have witnessed the compassion and dedication that each of them has for our city and to its growth and success. I have also witnessed the respect and appreciation that we all have for each other, and the expertise that each of us brings to this council. We all have long-time roots in Kannapolis and are united in our quest to make it great.

Although we have several candidates in the upcoming election who are qualified and have the desire to serve, I hope that the citizens of Kannapolis will continue to trust in and support the current City Council, and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, will vote to re-elect Ryan Dayvault, Tom Kincaid and Roger Haas. We have come a long way these last two years and change is on the horizon. Please allow your current City Council to finish what they have started and continue to lead as we see a new, revitalized downtown come to fruition.

— Dianne Berry


Berry is a member of the Kannapolis City Council.

We need more like Efird

The writer is responding to a column in Sunday’s paper.

Thank you, Larry Efird, for your article, “More than a job.” We need more teachers like you who love their job and students.

— Joan Young


Young is a retired teacher.



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