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Letters to the editor – Thursday – 7-14-16


Just good timing for Clinton and Obama? I don’t think so

If the past weeks did not clarify that there is zero accountability in the Obama administration, nothing will.

We have been faced with the IRS, targeting Tea Party supporters, with no punishment. Obama’s friend Al Sharpton is not in jail in spite of owing the Federal Government over $4 million in back taxes. The Veterans Administration is still in disarray after more than 5 years of scrutiny.

Now we are faced with questionable decisions by the Justice Depart and the FBI. Bill Clinton meets with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her plane in Arizona. Two days later this clandestine meeting comes to the attention of the media and questions start flying. Lynch says it was just a discussion about golf and grand kids. She admits that the meeting was a bad idea and says, “I would not do it again.” Does that sound strangely familiar to Hillary’s comment about her personal email server? It does to me.

The attorney general is the final decision maker in the Clinton Foundation case as well as the email scandal. Lynch should have recused herself but did not. She did say she would accept the decision of the FBI.

Could there have been discussion about the cases and could there have been promises such as another term as attorney general or a shot at a Supreme Court appointment? Follow the dots. Obama invited Hillary to fly aboard AF One to Charlotte. Just before AF1 arrives in Charlotte, FBI Director Comey tells the nation that charges will not be brought against Hillary. Just good timing? I don’t think so.

I am just an old retired Marine who sometimes can’t remember what I shot on the last round of golf. But even I am smart enough to recognize corruption when it slaps me between the eyes.

— Col. Grey Medinger


Leaders take stand on ash

Kudos to Rowan County local leaders for taking action to protect North Carolinians’ drinking water and health.

Last year, the drinking water of many North Carolinian communities, including those near Buck Cycle Station in Rowan County, was contaminated by toxic coal ash. For the past year, these communities have been forced to rely on bottled water for drinking, cooking, and even bathing.

According to WNCT, Rowan County commissioners agreed on Tuesday to create a new water system that would provide clean drinking water to the victimized areas. While this will immediately benefit locals, it is not a long-term solution.

I urge Governor McCrory to permanently protect North Carolinians from coal ash by cleaning up every coal ash site. Call Governor McCrory today at 919-814-2050 by asking him take a lead along with our local leaders and protect our drinking water.

Meredith Hovis


Let’s thank our officers

Many of our police officers are going through a very challenging time right now, across the country.

Many citizens might want to show support for those officers, but don’t know how. Some suggestions:

• Send a “thank you” card to your local police department/sheriff’s office for posting on their bulletin board.

• If you’re in your local “burger joint” and a couple of police officers come in, anonymously pay for their lunch.

• Go to Wal-Mart and buy a bucket or two of chicken wings and take them to the police department. Or take a dessert tray, fruit and veggie tray, or other snack to the department for the officers to enjoy.

• Share the cost of a 6-foot sub with a few friends and have it delivered to the police department. Have the local pizza joint deliver a number of pizzas.

The act doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just offer support to local law enforcement officers at a time when public support is much needed.

— Jennifer Rose Hudson




Blotter: Man faces sexual exploitation charge for images on Instagram


Defendant convicted in attempted murder case on the run after fleeing from trial


Downtown Gateway Building to be renamed for late Paul Fisher


Rowan County COVID-19 data for April 15


Rep. Warren’s bill would prohibit parking in electric vehicle charging stations


Historic Preservation Commission approves Integro Technologies expansion, Paint the Pavement project


Faith Academy, RSS will negotiate over what goes, stays in elementary school


Teacher killed in Alamance County shootout with Mexican drug cartel


Bill would give more tax breaks on COVID-19 loans


No response as divers knock on capsized ship’s hull


Quotes of the week


Blotter: Man found on church property with litany of drugs


Man charged in connection to 2019 overdose death


‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday


Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county


Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards


Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent


Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps


Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition


County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top


Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street


Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session