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Published 12:00 am Friday, June 21, 2019

NAACP president escorted out …

Tonight at the Spencer Board of Aldermen meeting, it was once more apparent that the concept of second chances and of people paying their debt to society for crimes they have been convicted of is a platitude that has no bone, no meaning and certainly no application in today’s society.

— Whitney Peckman

My turn, James Carli: Time for ‘Fame’ to be relegated to museum

“Fame” depicts the Greek goddess Pheme (not an angel). Pheme is the personification of fame, hence the name given to the monument. Pheme’s wrath is scandalous rumors.

—Eric Phillips

Greg Alcorn talks ApSeed’s expansion plans at Kiwanis

Greg and Missy Alcorn are members of a small group of benefactors who combine selfless generosity with extraordinary vision and an indomitable spirit to get-it-done.

— David Post

… Papers reveal social origins of ‘Fame’

Create a website and include all the pertinent information minus your opinions, beliefs, spin and hyperbole. Let the reader examine the information and reach his own conclusions.

— Billy Georgia     Flagger

“Fame” impresses me as a monument dedicated to the exploited poor Confederate soldier who died for the enslavement of people he couldn’t afford to purchase. However, the cenotaph also impresses me as a public safety hazard that must be relocated perhaps on the corner of South Church and West Fisher facing due east in the new Bell Tower park.

— Reginald Brown

I appreciate your dedication to further researching the history of the monument. I would also agree that perhaps the original documents, from which you have gathered your information, could be shared.

— Shannon
Nicole Mays

It’s as if in the “age of the millennials” they think they are owed something —whether it be a historical landmark (look what they did at Chapel Hill) or going into a company and feeling they are owed the position of CEO right away.

— Todd Eller

Josh Bergeron: Divisiveness can’t define debate

“Fame” is part of Salisbury’s history. So is the 1906 lynching. Leave “Fame” where she is, claim the steel monument in Alabama and erect it on East Innes Street.

— James Bostwick

My turn, Al Heggins: Two ships converge …

If the soldier were black, brown, yellow, orange or any other color, would there still be an issue? Color and racism is in the eye of the beholder. This monument does not need to be removed. It needs to stand where it has stood for many, many years.

— Anita Cannon

Letter: Sons of Confederate Veterans commander

If people learned to respect all monuments, this would be a non-issue, as it has for a century or more.

— Ernest Everett Blevins

Salisbury City Council hears divided views on the fate of ‘Fame’

So what “exactly” is this mayor optimistic about. She is about as clear on this as the Yadkin River.

— Jimmy Potts

All of this is just a typical government dog and pony show. The “Fame” statue will be removed. This was decided long before the meeting. The government is only interested in promoting its revisionist history.

— Richard E. Wagner

Editor’s note on “Fame” submissions

Surely there are also other issues of community interest besides a statue. Look at the success our leadership is having at bringing in economic development — the potential for living-wage jobs to come into Rowan County. I hope the Salisbury Post will publish non-“Fame” letters during this time also.

— Jeff Morris

Letter: Dems side with Cooper over abortion survivors

This bill was bait. Nothing more than a ploy to trick people into thinking the governor is a monster. There are already laws that protect these babies. Save your shock for something worthwhile.

— Jenni Efird Pfaff

Thank you, Vincent, for expressing publicly what so many people are thinking and feeling. I personally was shocked that Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed it. It brought me to tears to think that anyone would leave a helpless baby to die.

— Susan Agner

Darts and laurels: Roadwork on interstate …

I-85 has been under construction somewhere between Greensboro and Charlotte for my entire lifetime. I’m 70 and never expect it to be completed.

— William H. Moffitt

Historic Salisbury Foundation becomes proud owner …

Some Cone Mills employees and myself went out together for Christmas to the restaurant. It was so lovely then. It’s wonderful to see they are going to do something with the building now.

— Sandra Draughn Moon