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Letter: Some lingering questions

A “feller” told me the other day that Landis was the only town he knew of that you couldn’t get anywhere. That reminded me of something that happened over 30 years ago.

I had stopped at a service station in Landis and a board member was there campaigning for re-election. He shook my hand and asked me to vote for him. I told him I lived in China Grove, but I wouldn’t vote for him if I lived in Landis, because he wasn’t doing anything about the big problem in Landis.

He asked me what I thought the problem was. I told him it wasn’t what I thought but what I knew and then I told him.

He said I was crazy, that Landis was in the best shape it had been in years and was on the way to a big boom.

Thirty years later — Landis is still trying to get their finances under control. The utility rates, water, sewer and electric are way too high.

Here’s a simple plan to get Landis out of the red and back toward that “Big Boom.”

Tell RoCo (Rowan County) you want out. Let China Grove take over your woes.

That mecca is not bogged down with little problems. Managing money and lowering rates were solved years ago. They (C.G.) have moved on to much bigger and more complicated matters.

Here are a few of the more serious ones: No. 1 — Who can they hire to figure out how many “hottest day of the year” days their have been? Was it 33 or 34?

No. 2 — Where can they put another eating joint?

No. 3 — What kind of trees to plant downtown?

No. 4 — Why was there so many cig-a-butts ducks left on the grounds and steps of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church after the Stand Together Festival for fighting cancer?

Remember, together we can make a difference.

— Whitey Harwood



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