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Randy Welch: Digging up coal ash ponds is most extreme method

It seems like typical corporate double talk when you claim that your shareholders have paid for the coal ash remediation. They may have suffered because of reduced dividends and a loss of equity, but when they actually become a source of revenue for Duke, I’d be interested in seeing the accounting treatment.

— Russell Jones

… Town manager filed severance agreement

Mayor Jim Gobbel has managed to run the town’s finances into the ground. He can’t come to an agreement with a small property owner within the Park Plaza. His decision to keep Dr. Washko out of the discussion will cost Spencer taxpayers untold thousands of dollars.

— Danny Patterson

Concerning Fourth Street, Salisbury-Rowan Utilities has been planning on replacing the water mains on Fourth Street.

There’s no need to pave it just to have it dug back up later. They hope to have the mains done this month, with the paving following.

— Howard White

… Schools lose provision on free and reduced-price meals

This really has nothing to do with food stamps, a refusal to work, lazy parents or socialism. It has everything to do with equality and a right for children to have the best experience at school.

To imply otherwise is an insult to those families who do work themselves endlessly to provide for their families and still fall short. As a parent of children in one of these schools, I have seen first hand the number of children whose only meals come from school.

— Amy Bostian Huffman

Salisbury man smoked marijuana
in car, police say

Catch some real criminals if that’s not too difficult.

— William H. Moffitt

If you want to get high, stay home. Don’t go driving around.

— Tim Cornell

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame 2019 inductees announced

It’s sad that many N.C. musicians have again been overlooked who were born here, lived here, contributed to the music industry from here but have not received recognition by this state’s hall of fame. It’s odd that the same groups have their names in much bigger museums and tributes.

— Elizabeth Roscoe

Demolition derby: Cleveland School, Rusher Tire …

The new building proposed for the credit union will greatly improve the appearance of the North Main Street corridor.

— Jeff Morris

Beat goes on for teen playing in symphony

This brought back memories of our percussionist and drum major, Gray Barrier, of the East Rowan Class of 1969. He was an excellent musician who is now professor emeritus of UNC, University of Northern Colorado.

— Jay Mack Williams

… Local physician joins Salisbury police response team

What a wonderful way to use your talents to possibly save many lives. Thank you for your service.

— Becky Fortson Wood

… Officer says county is shorting him on retirement

If you wear the badge and uniform, you should be considered sworn law enforcement officers. Everyone should receive the 5%. The county needs to fix this. Howard has done a good job in his duties and he deserves the pay and recognition.

— James Lambert

It seems that the county has realized that it made a huge mistake and has attempted to make it right. Now, since the same circumstances prevail, the changes should be retroactive to all officers that are or have been denied their just benefits.

— Russell Eller

Josh Bergeron: Looking back at
‘10 to watch’ lists

Thank you, Josh. There sure have been some good years and I have plans for many more.

— Darrell Harwood

Mooresville officer slain in traffic stop; killer also dead

I am so angry with the lack of respect for his murder. How can it not be mentioned — how disrespectful and how unbelievable.

Apparently, Salisbury is now run by police haters. You may say you dislike the police, but who do you call when you are in need?

— Cynthia Hillard

I’ve noticed that the Salisbury Post seldom, if ever, publishes anything when officers are killed in the line of duty.

— Mark and Cheryl Shue

Letter: Where is the trash czar hiding in Rowan County?

Well said. Our roads are trashy. I pick up at least once a month.

— Angie Goodman

Some people make it bad for others. My wife observed a lady open her car door and dump out trash. My wife confronted her and the lady denied it.

My wife told her to pick it up and the lady told her to mind her own business and drove off. We are new to the area and one of the first comments we made was how trash-ridden the county roads are.

— Justice Manning

Spencer Town Manager Terence Arrington resigns

There is a pattern of bad decisions dating all the way back to Mayor Jim Gobbel’s election, as he has put Spencer into a financial and economic downward cycle.

— Danny Patterson

… Rubin: Tillis ends up pleasing no one

This is the problem Republican GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain faced in 2008 and 2012, as they were forced to move to the right in the primaries in order to secure their nominations. Then, they couldn’t move back close enough to the center they had previously been known for.

— Eric Shock

Park Plaza project to move on without waiver

Spencer needs to think bigger. That space is right across from the Transportation Museum. They need a venue to capture museum goers and their families. Maybe it could be a train-themed kid amusement park with rides, bumper cars, a batting cage for teens and a beer garden for the adults.

— James Bostwick

Letter: Some facts behind ‘Fame’ monument

When I hear people discuss this topic, they include a lot of noise and act like Salisbury is moving forward in race relations. I think that some people in Salisbury never want us to forget the hold the Confederates had on so many lives.

— Michalla Allen

Rockwell man charged with murdering, dismembering …

My heart goes out to Michael’s family and girlfriend.

It’s hard enough to lose a loved one, especially at such a young age.

To lose someone in such a barbaric way is unimaginable. I’m so sorry.

— Kimberly Yost



David Freeze begins cross-country cycling journey in San Diego


Community remembrance events to focus on lynchings of the past, need for justice today


August issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available


After 10 days, three hospitals, one diagnosis, Kassidy Sechler will return home


COVID-19 surging as North Carolina set to ease restrictions


Blotter: Police ask for help finding robbery suspect


Three Rivers Land Trust finalizes deal to double size of nature preserve in Spencer


Spin Doctors announced as headlining band for 2021 Cheerwine Festival

Ask Us

Ask Us: Readers ask about Hoffner murder case, ‘Fame’ location


Cornhole tournament at New Sarum Brewery brings out Panthers fans, raises money for charity


Blotter: Salisbury man charged for breaking and entering, burglary tools


Senators race to overcome final snags in infrastructure deal


Child killed in Monroe drive-by shooting; 1 arrested


Rowan County Chamber of Commerce’s Dragon Boat race returns after year hiatus


Marker commemorating Jim Crow-era lynchings in Rowan County, racial injustice required years of work


Identified Marine was a Salisbury native, served in WWII


Rowan County sees COVID-19 cases coming more quickly, remains in middle tier for community spread


Cleveland plans to build walking trail, community barn quilt mural

High School

High school athletics: Male Athlete of the Year Walker in league of once-in-a-generation players


Young entrepreneur learns lesson of responsibility by raising quail, selling eggs


Historic McCanless House sold, buyers plan on converting home into events venue


Library’s Summer Reading Week 10 has virtual storytime, last chance to log hours


Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics


College football: North grad Delaney ready for next challenges at Johnson C. Smith