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Letters to the editor — Tuesday (3-28-17)

So much for reform; the Stupid Party strikes again

For the past seven-and-a-half years, the Republicans have done nothing but huff and puff on how they are going to blow the Obamacare house down. When they finally got their chance, all they did was contract a severe case of asthma. This was no doubt an allergic reaction that can occur, especially among politicians, when one is faced with having to make tough choices regarding certain issues.

I can only imagine what President Trump is thinking. He must feel as though he’s surrounded by a combination of the Keystone Cops and the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

Republicans didn’t need to embarrass themselves. All they had to do was quietly craft a plan for repeal and replace these past years and reveal it at the appropriate time.

But not these guys. Instead, they cast dozens of meaningless votes calling for repeal, knowing full well that whatever success they might achieve would only fall victim to a presidential veto. It was more important for them to appear tough, presumably to impress us. Well, we’re not impressed, and they’re not tough. They’re more like little emperors with no clothes.

Next on the to-do list is tax reform. This should be interesting. I can’t wait to see how they manage to hit themselves in the head with their own billy-club or shoot themselves in the foot with their own gun.

In the past, the GOP has been referred to as the Stupid Party. We have just witnessed another example as to why.

— Allan Gilmour

Salisbury

Meals on Wheels & United Way

Meals on Wheels of Rowan joined the Rowan County United Way just days before the first meals were delivered in August of 1976. As the United Way has grown, so has Meals on Wheels.

United Way raises funds on behalf of 16 member agencies that include Meals on Wheels. We strive to partner with the United Way and collaborate with other member agencies to benefit the Salisbury-Rowan community, as well as our participants, volunteers and donors.

The United Way staff and board face the same dilemmas as agencies when donors and local businesses experience economic downturns. The reality of decreased giving to United Way increases the pressure on member agencies to find other sources of funding.

As a member agency, Meals on Wheels works with United Way and other member agencies to encourage businesses, employees, professionals and individuals to participate in and support United Way. By supporting the annual campaign, the community gives member agencies a solid base of support from which to expand programs and services for the citizens of Rowan County.

We at Meals on Wheels of Rowan are reaching out to more homebound and disabled individuals than ever before. Our organization needs to add staff, technology and resources to transition to the next level of growth. The support of United Way will be a key component of this growth.

Meals on Wheels is grateful for the support and partnership of the Rowan County United Way and the many people who support it.

— Cindy Fink

Salisbury

Cindy Fink is executive director of Meals on Wheels of Rowan County.

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