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HIGH PRAISE

Michelle: Thank you for the great job you did in organizing the reception for Ruthie and Eric on Saturday. The audience was very happy and the show was fantastic…a great evening.

Your sponsorship is much appreciated and I look forward to working with you on other projects in the future..

Regards, Louisa Hart High Point Theatre Director

UNCLE EARL

Let me get this right: In Brian’s article on legal gaming [“Let it ride”; Feb. 24, 2010; by Brian Clarey] where Uncle Earl (Rep. Jones) says “video gaming is a racial issue”, Earl goes on to explain that he’s just “looking out for his constituents” and it’s okay for somebody with disadvantaged children to spend their money at a gaming parlor because now, thanks to him, some of that money will be coming right back to them via the $250 million he will set aside for disadvantaged kids. Such a deal! Now, one might be led to wonder how the kids might have got disadvantaged in the first place, but why look a gift horse in the mouth.

Good Ol’ Uncle Earl!

Thanks, John Gehris Greensboro

STEVEN SOUNDS OFF The Healthcare Reform Bill deserves to be defeated. It does not help anyone except those big insurance companies who stand to make a fortune off of the premiums the average working man will have to pay. In the state of Massachusetts, where universal healthcare reform in is place, many people are finding themselves shelling out as much as $800 per month. There is no way an average person can afford such a premium in this economy. I am personally glad this bill will be defeated and hopefully a bill can worked out which benefits all Americans — not just a group of self-serving people who only want to line their own pockets with our hard earned dollars.

Sincerely, Steven M. Shelton Greensboro

TIME SERVED

Why is it that we expect when people get out of prison that they will turn their life around and become productive citizens? We are told to think of prison as rehabilitation but yet when people get out of prison we continue to look at and treat them like criminals. Whatever happened to time served?

I have known several ex-convicts who continue to find themselves in and out of prison. At first I thought, “What is wrong with ya’ll?” Then as I began to sit and have conversations with them I realized that they were trying very hard to find jobs and homes unsuccessfully because of their criminal records. I began to understand that they are simply trying to survive in a tough and unforgiving world.

I now ask myself not what’s wrong with them, but what is wrong with us as a society and how can we as individuals, organizations and businesses partner together with them so they can avoid getting sucked right back into a life of crime simply so that they can survive?

Ty-Shinta Adams Greensboro

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