Garland Faw: Many thanks for ‘the Salisbury paper’
The Rev. Garland Faw
This letter was recently received by Post Publisher Greg Anderson.
Dear Mr. Anderson: When but a little boy being reared on “cotton mill hill” in Landis, my mother would ask every day to go next door and ask if they were through with yesterday’s paper; the “Salisbury paper,” she called it. Occasionally, my dad would remind her that she had a newspaper which my sister brought home from work in Kannapolis (she worked at Woolworth’s). Mom would reply, “I like the Salisbury paper a lot more!”
And so, at 77 years of age, long after my mom’s reading aloud to us the “Salisbury paper” each evening before an open coal-burning fireplace, I am the one addicted to the “Salisbury paper.” One of the first things I looked for when I returned home after 13 years’ absence in another state was a copy of the “Salisbury paper.”
Reading again the Salisbury Post, as I now correctly call it, I was not disappointed. For a couple of years now, I have delayed an intention to write this letter to thank you and your staff for producing an excellent publication. You have been fair and objective, and very informative to your readers. You are part of thousands of everyday lives.
Everyone’s point of view is presented in a professional manner. Your editorial page is relevant to current events and well-written. Your openness to those who wish to set forth a different point of view cannot be overlooked. There have been times in which I have disagreed with an editorial, but those times have been few.
Before I leave this world, I have recently been trying to give credit to those who have been a positive influence in my life. The Salisbury Post is due much credit for being what it is, a positive influence in my life. Thank you for being part of my life. And thank you for being a treasure of insight and information for the citizens of Salisbury and surrounding area.
— Garland Faw
P.S. When I get to heaven and see my mom, after a lot of celebration and conversation, she will probably ask me if I brought “a Salisbury paper” with me!
“One of the first things I looked for when I returned home after 13 years’ absence in another state was a copy of the ‘Salisbury paper.’ ”
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