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Letters to the editor – Sunday – 2-19-17

Obstructing Trump hurts our country

I am very concerned and disturbed with the push-back from the so-called “swamp” (political establishment in our government), that President Trump is trying to remove. He has not been given a chance to get his Cabinet in place and start to work on his agenda to get America rolling/make it great again.

Most of his plans are very good and will benefit our country. Some of the things I disagree with, but I am willing to let him do his job and pray they work for the public good. The accusations, obstructions, and protests are counterproductive.

Our country will benefit from his agenda and we, together, can overcome any misstep that may happen.

If you are unhappy, we have the right to write letters, get involved and vote in order to change things. Obstructing President Trump from performing his duty of keeping us safe with the temporary travel/immigration ban is not only concerning and disturbing, but may prove to be dangerous.

Even more concerning and disturbing is the lack of respect for the United States of America, demonstrated by the students and athletes who do not stand for our national anthem or the Pledge of Allegiance. This lack of respect shows that we have failed in our education system and as a community to teach civic pride and respect for our great nation.

The right to express disagreement with the affairs of our government may be exercised in many other ways, as I wrote earlier. Please do not disrespect our nation by not standing and honoring our nation — the one that many protect, died for and worked and paid taxes for. So join me in saying God bless the USA!

— Brad Farrah


Thank you, Salisbury police

My family experienced a tragedy in December of last year. My brother-in-law was killed in a bicycle accident on Jackson Street. I would like to publicly acknowledge the Salisbury Police Department and the kindness that was shown my family during the incident.

It is no secret that the department is desperately short-staffed. Even so, the officer that responded to the accident took the time to meet with me, and the on-duty watch commander, Lt. Todd Sides, helped to answer many of my questions. I am grateful for their thoughtful, compassionate service.

I am a longtime resident of Rowan County and served with the Salisbury Police Department in the early ’90s. I am a 26-year veteran law enforcement officer serving another nearby community. I know intricately the struggles faced by those in our profession.

In a time when media can seem to be focused on our mistakes, please know that the men and women that serve you (and those across our nation) are genuinely trying to be of service to all.

I have spent my entire life in public service, and, in this situation, found myself on the other side as my family grieved (and still grieves) the loss of my brother-in-law.

Thank you to the Salisbury Police Department, and keep up the good work.

— Bryan Anderson


Student’s words give hope for future

Emilee Hibshman’s editorial, “A silent rebellion, brought to light” (in Friday’s Post). She addresses the idea of peaceful protest and gives a thoughtful explanation of why she and others have participated in such protests.

The article notes that she is a junior at Salisbury High School and editor of the newspaper there. Frankly, I was surprised to see such eloquence in one so young.

She states, for example,
“…young people … have an opinion about the social, economic and political state that their country is in … They are also entitled, in this day and age, to not only share what they believe, but also act for it.”

The most basic principle of education is to teach young people to think. If we are to consider Ms. Hibshman to be a typical product of our local schools (and, potentially an addition to the journalism profession), I’d say our country’s future looks very bright indeed.

— Kathleen Bergeron


Aware of right?

I hope the student who sits out the Pledge of Allegiance to protest injustice in this country reflects on the source of her right to do so.

— M.B. Blankenship


‘Day Without’ is no hardship here

It simply breaks my heart to know that due to the protest, I have to settle for nothing but good, old American food — hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, etc. for an entire day. Suffer, suffer!

— Sam Hoffman




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Wake Forest adding Ole Miss graduate transfer Khadim Sy to basketball squad


Gov. Roy Cooper appoints new Rowan County Superior Court judge


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Quotes of the week


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Wealthiest nations expected to pledge 1B vaccine doses for world

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