Letters to the editor — Monday (5-8-2017)

Published 12:19 am Monday, May 8, 2017

A crafty suggestion for putting mall to use

We have a good size mall just sitting and wasting away. Have you ever thought about putting part of it to good use? You could take several stores and turn it into a craft-store shop (I don’t mean junk).

There are a lot of people who make beautiful handmade items. I’ve seen them at craft shows. I know we have a flea market, but have you ever tried to find a parking space? There’s plenty of parking at the mall.

Thousands of people go to the barbecue festival in Lexington, Farmers Day in China Grove, the jubilee at Dan Nicholas Park and the Webb Road flea market. Wake up, people — you could do something like that at the mall. You could rent out 10 by 12 spaces at a reasonable price (don’t get greedy) two or three days a week (Saturday/Sunday or Friday through Sunday). Rent permanent spots like at the flea market. Everyone could benefit. The mall would make money, also the vendors, restaurants and other business places around there.

Think about it.

— Dot Trexler


Harmful health bill

In response to “GOP health care bill receives support from Rowan’s congressmen” (May 4):

Richard Hudson is right in saying this is the biggest entitlement reform in a generation. He has sacrificed the health care of tens of thousands of his constituents to pay back his president with a $765 billion tax cut over 10 years. More than 300,000 residents in District 8 have pre-existing conditions. How many know that this legislation allows employers to cap the amount of money they will pay towards their employees’ health claims?

Everyone except Congressman Hudson seems to know someone who will be harmed by this bill. Curious that he keeps refusing to hold a town hall to meet with us. I wonder why?

— Doshia James


Students display skills

I just want to give a shout out to all the local high school students who attended and competed at the SkillsUSA at the Greensboro Coliseum on April 27 and 28.

It was awesome to watch these kids compete in a skill that was taught to them in high school, a skill that will go with them well after high school. We are talking about masonry, carpentry, auto repair, welding, cosmetology, nails and many more. Several of the Rowan County students placed in the top five of their skill, so proud of them.

I would like to say thanks to Fox Channel 8 Buckley Report for featuring this event on Friday, May 5. If you would like to view this Buckley Report: http://myfox8.com/2017/50/05/thomasville-high-school-students-participate-in-skills-usa-competition/

Thanks again to the students and their teachers.

— Trudy Rowland