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Talkback, what online readers are saying about …

Legislators: County’s priority projects ‘out the door’ …

Lower income people cannot afford daily living expenses and insurance. Either way they go is hardship. Are you not responsible to see your constituents are able to live and reach for the American dream?

— George W. Benson

There are plenty of funds available to pay for Medicaid expansion. If Sen. Carl Ford and his cronies would stop trying to choke off government by restricting tax revenues in completely unnecessary ways, expansion is paid for, and then some.

— Rob Faggart

Letter: Trump used power properly, didn’t abuse it

Has there ever been a conspiracy theory that the Trumper community has not bought into?

— Eric Marsh

… Candidates talk future of space at West End Plaza

Remember, this is the same Craig Pierce who said county residents needed to shut up and let him make the decisions, the same one who came down from the dais at a county commissioner’s meeting and ripped into local educators for standing up for their professions and the same commissioner who has made negative comments about women voters. Yet, he is now portraying himself as an integral part of this atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration on the board?

— Eric Shock

Recreation centers keep legacy of Evans, Miller, Hall alive

Fred Evans was the real deal. A great man and mentor.

— David Ramsey

My Turn: Alexander’s, Post’s arguments on designation …

Clearly, the motivation was for the 50% tax break that the local taxpayer must now pay.

That ordinance needs to be amended. It is unfair to taxpayers and is likely to be applied discriminatorily. Otherwise, almost every house in Salisbury will qualify.

—David Post

Ask us: What happens if RSS student damages …

You have that much money to lose but want everyone to help with school supplies. Sounds like that money could be reallocated and used practically instead of being “lost/stolen.” Poorly managed program along with the school system itself.

— Mark Cantrell

… Legislators say they want to be proactive with job growth

I can appreciate the thoughts and efforts of our state level representatives.

As we all know, the term “proactive” has been thrown around for many years. The term has often been used but the user didn’t have a clue as to what it really meant to be totally driven by the term.

— Danny Patterson

RSS keeps valedictorian and salutatorian …

The current designations affect a small handful of high-achieving students who are already college-bound successes.

Wouldn’t the board’s focus now be better directed towards lifting up students who are not meeting academic expectations?

— Jeff Morris



RSS needs 25,000 bags a day for meals delivered


Josh Bergeron: Temporary break from county’s optimism-inducing period


Before Cooper’s order, some area residents navigated local stay-at-home orders


Editorial: County releases important local data about COVID-19


College basketball: Former Carson star Hairston has 8 offers

High School

Basketball: North grad Mitchell making a difference in Charlotte


COVID-19 to dominate agenda of Monday school board meeting


‘Silent helpers’: Local costume company manager making masks for nurses, doctors


Trinity Oaks making the most of quarantine


Steven Fisher: Banks across nation are ready for pandemic


Thomas Mills: Democrats should avoid blame game now


Rowan County leaders urge residents to participate in census


Liz Moomey: Historic Salisbury Foundation scavenger hunt connects to city’s past


Francis Koster: Credit system will be useful in downturn


Ester Marsh column: Staying active (and sane) through the pandemic


Letter: Military man deserves thanks


Coronavirus effects on sports: Clemson QB Lawrence restarts virus fundraising

Farm & Garden

Blackwelder column: Dr. Koontz has passion for orchids


An enlightening interview about the Civil War in Rowan County


Letters: Medicaid expansion needed now

David Freeze

Gotta’ Run: There is always something good


Ann Farabee — Bless you


Elaine Spalding: Rowan in prime location to recover from COVID-19 crisis


Ann Coulter: How do we flatten panic curve?