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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (9-16-08)

If you think you’ve been gouged, report it to state
I’m sure many others in the county are as outraged as I am with the price gouging at the pump. Some gas stations went up as much as 70 cents in the course of one day. Folks, this is illegal. The only way we can keep this from happening again is to report these criminals!
If you have access to the Internet, go online to the N.C. Department of Justice’s Web site (www.ncdoj.com) and download a free form to report these scoundrels who have broken the law. Keep up with your gas receipts, as you will need these for proof.
You must be able to show proof of the cost of gas before and after the price gouging took place. If you don’t have Internet access, you can call toll-free (1-877-566-7226) to report gas stations that are guilty of this crime. This is the only way to keep prices down in the future.
ó Tonya T. Sides
Faith
GOP candidates are wrong ticket for America’s future
John McCain at 72 is already an old man who can’t remember how many houses he owns. He also has had skin cancer. According to my 2006 World Almanac, the average male in the United States can expect to die at 74.9 years of age. Why would anyone want to vote for an old man who is losing his wits and likely to die in office?
Is Sarah Palin, his running mate, a woman you would feel comfortable with running our country in these troublesome times? Seriously think about it. Last Monday night, I saw an interview on “Nightline” where five or six of Sarah’s close friends in Alaska were being asked about the kind of person she was. During the informal conversation, one of her friends said that Sarah was afraid of her cat! I wonder if any others caught that remark.
Afraid of a cat?! A possible commander-in-chief who is scared of a cat? Just how safe would that make you feel?
I want to say something also about “family values.” What kind of moral values is she instilling in her children and parading in front of our children when her 17-year-old daughter, pregnant and unmarried, struts up on the convention platform? I guess I’m an old-fashioned moralist.
I am writing this at 2 a.m. I just couldn’t go to sleep until I got it off my chest. (I wonder if I will dare to mail it.)
ó Beulah Davis
Mill Bridge
DAR promotes awareness of Constitution Week
Wednesday begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to Americans’ tenacity to maintain their liberties and freedom and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
The Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the DAR is trying to draw attention to this observance. Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz is scheduled to read a resolution at today’s City Council meeting proclaiming September 17-23 as Constitution Week. A display about the Constitution is at the main branch of the Rowan Public Library on East Fisher Street through September. Area churches have been asked to ring their bells on Wednesday.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by Congress and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities to protect and defend the Constitution and preserve it for posterity, informing the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
The United States of America functions as a republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution is an icon of freedom for people around the world.
ó Georgia Sorensen
Salisbury

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