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Letters to the editor – Sunday (8-31-08)

County needs to halt wasteful spending
The time is at hand for Rowan County conservatives to wake up, sound off and begin exercising their conservatism during this campaign and election season.
Presently, our board of county commissioners is comprised of two true conservatives and three spree-inclined spenders. If we return Jim Sides to the board in November and elect Carl Ford, they and Tina Hall will consistently render conservative governance of Rowan County. Is there any doubt that conservatism is indeed needed when prices of both gasoline and milk are hovering around $4 a gallon, and the overall cost of living is on the brink of an inflationary spiral?
Wasteful spending by the three prodigals is evidenced in their recent donation of $7.2 million to Duke Energy. Yes, that was an instance of outright alms-giving disguised as an incentive grant. Commissioner Jon Barber, who voted for the tax credit, even offered the rationale that the subsidy sent a message that “we” are business friendly. But on the contrary, is there just a particle of evidence that “we” are business unschooled and irresponsible? How many new classrooms or other educational resources could be provided with that $7.2 million?
Duke Energy wasn’t about to abandon the Buck Station site and move its $600 million project out of the county; the added cost of implementing that option would have been drastically prohibitive. Consequently, the spin that Rowan County conveyed an incentive grant to ensure adding Duke’s new $600 million facility to the county tax base was totally void of credibility.
So what will come of the $7.2 million that Duke will never add to the county coffers? Simply stated, we taxpayers will cough up that $7.2 million, while Duke Energy enjoys our generous giving.
ó Ron White
Salisbury
Christians under seige
This is a time when we need to wake up! This society is going to hell faster than we can say the word. Christians will lose their rights to congregate and worship pretty soon.
We are being portrayed as single-minded, holier than thou radicals. Christians in this country are being classified as terrorists by some political agendas, and these people would love nothing more than to tear us down. Some political minds cover up their own beliefs by saying they are Christians, but when they are elected, we will see the true colors they fly. You know who I am talking about.
As Christians, we do not pray anymore; we do not read anymore; our Bibles are collecting dust on our tables. Look at the history of Rome and see where our history is headed without God.
Yes, I said it and I mean it, Forget about your party affiliations and ask God who to vote for. We can be an influence or a hinderance. Which will it be?
ó James Holcombe
China Grove

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