• 70°

Letter: Citizens should have voice in ‘Fame’ relocation

A city council is a group of duly elected officials who serve as the legislative body of a city. Council members — also known as a town council or board of aldermen — are tasked with representing the interests of their constituents.

Salisbury’s city council is not representing the interests of the majority of this city’s citizens. Instead, they are cowing to the wants of special interest groups who never seem to be satisfied. When they get their way on one thing, they almost immediately push to change something else. Our angel, “Fame” was removed from her place of honor on West Innes Street without our input or at least the opportunity to voice our opinions on her removal. Apparently, she is to be relegated to an abandoned, unkempt cemetery on North Lee Street – again without our input or opportunity to voice our opinions.

There was supposed to be a moratorium on her relocation until the people had spoken, but it seems our city council has once again usurped our right to have any say-so on her future location. There are many better sites for her to stand than an abandoned cemetery, including three public parks, where she can be afforded the honor and esteem due her as an historical monument.

Citizens for Fame and the United Daughters of the Confederacy have worked feverishly and tirelessly to find a suitable location for our angel, “Fame.” There are no less than 12 such sites. As concerned citizens who elected the council, we should have a voice in her relocation.

— Tom and Janice Thompson

Salisbury

Comments

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT

Nation/World

D-Day survivor, WWII torch bearer Ray Lambert dies at 100

Nation/World

Prince Philip was always defined by role as husband of British queen

BREAKING NEWS

One dead, several injured after head-on collision in China Grove

Crime

Man, woman charged for selling drugs to undercover deputies

Crime

Blotter: Rowan County man charged with indecent liberties with children

Local

Spencer town board gets look at Park Plaza progress

Business

‘Applicant market’: Unemployment rate improving as businesses hire more workers

Local

National, local business leaders praise Salisbury’s initiative to support Black-owned operations

Nation/World

Tillis has prostate cancer surgery

Coronavirus

Adverse reactions surface from Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Nation/World

Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

Local

Quotes of the week

Nation/World

Biden seeks crackdown on homemade firearms

Nation/World

Victim of former NFL player’s rampage wrote of faith, life’s fragility

News

Wrongly imprisoned man gets $750,000

High School

West falls to Statesville, finishes second in NPC

Education

Middle, high school students head back to classes full time