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Letters to the editor — Saturday (9-6-14)

It took the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, as much time to build the Great Wall of China as it has taken the Democrats (who run the Department of Transportation and the newspaper) to repair the bridge on 601 near Catawba College. As Plato has proven to be true: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
— Jason Michaud
Salisbury
Pastor Godair, I watched your video explaining your comments on the news conference video with the NAACP. As a matter of fact, I’ve watched all the videos including the traffic stop in February 2013 and the recent news conference.
In the new conference video, you stay there is problems in the Salisbury Police Department and that you experienced mistreatment by a Salisbury police officer during a traffic stop in February of 2013. That video has come to light, and we have seen that the Salisbury officer was very professional when speaking with you on that stop.
Mr. Godair, I would respect you if you just admitted to having “misspoke” about the Salisbury officer who stopped you. You could have saved face and said you made a mistake. But no. You choose to say that “you (meaning we) really don’t know what happened (on the day you were stopped) unless you (we) were there.” Well, Mr. Godair, with the help of that officer’s dash cam, we were there. We were able to see and hear everything he said, and everything you said. There may be some problem officers in Salisbury, Mr. Godair, but you didn’t get stopped by one that day in February 2013. That officer was nothing but polite and courteous. That video should be used in rookie schools across America to show rookies “how it’s done.“
You say there needs to be “leadership change” in the Salisbury Police Department. I say, Mr. Godair, there needs to be a leadership change at the Cornerstone Church in Salisbury, North Carolina. You owe that officer, and the citizens you claim to be “helping,” an apology.
— Keith Redmon
Morehead City
Redmon is retired from the Winston-Salem Police Department.
Today’s editorial cartoon (Sept. 4, depicting presidents Obama and Bush) is mighty low. The president is getting flak from all sides, even the Democrats, on his no strategy statement. So, what to do? Attack former President Bush! When Rebubicans do this sort of thing … look out! I cannot stand it when anyone does this. Man up politicians. If you want my vote, follow your convictions and take responsibility for your actions!
— Victor Jenrette
Spencer

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