Letters to the editor
Thank you for your participation in the "Christmas in the Mountains Volume 4" CD project to benefit the Hunger and Health Coalition. You are incredibly instrumental in the success of the CD project, and we are so grateful for your partnership and support.
2010 was a difficult year for many local families. With rising expenses and scarce income, just keeping food on the table was a challenge for many in the community. Because of your willingness to help sell the CD, the Hunger and Health Coalition will be able to make food available to families who aren't sure where their next meal will come from.
The proceeds from the "Christmas in the Mountains" CD project are used to purchase food that will be distributed through the Hunger and Health Coalition's Food Pantry, Healthy Start, Snacks for Scholars and Backpack programs.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to working with you on "Christmas in the Mountains Volume 5" later in the year.
Hunger and Health Coalition Inc.
Fire on the Rock supporters thanked
On behalf of the Hunger and Health Coalition, I would like to thank Jimmy Crippen and everyone involved in the Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge for the generous contributions given to the Hunger and Health Coalition.
Each week, the Hunger and Health Coalition received prepared food, fresh produce, dairy and various other donations. All of the food we received was given to local families in need of food assistance.
Throughout the challenge, the HHC received more than 200 pounds of prepared food and more than 800 pounds of produce and dairy products.
Contributions of this kind are incredibly helpful to the Hunger and Health Coalition's Food Assistance Services.
We are grateful for the support and look forward to being a part of the 2012 Fire on the Rock Chef Challenge.
Hunger and Health Coalition Inc.
N.C. National Guard protecting all Americans
As commander of the North Carolina National Guard representing more than 14,000 citizen soldiers and airmen of the North Carolina National Guard who are veterans of this current era of persistent conflict, we welcome the news of Osama bin Laden's death.
We congratulate all those involved in the execution of this successful mission.
Today, all Americans can be thankful for the professionalism, skill and perseverance of our United States military.
The North Carolina National Guard has been, and will remain, fully engaged in the protection of our homeland and the worldwide deployments in support of overseas contingency operations.
We hope the news of bin Laden's death will provide some comfort to those who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and those whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice as members of the American Armed Forces in operations over the previous decade.
The soldiers and airmen of the North Carolina National Guard remain trained, equipped and always ready to answer the call to protect our state, defend our nation, and protect the American way of life at home or abroad.
Gen. Gregory A. Lusk
N.C. National Guard
321 ‘improvements' frustrate commuters
For more than 20 years, I have commuted daily from my home on Green Hill in Blowing Rock to my work in Lenoir, traveling without any safety incidents over highway 321, which had, after leaving the city limits of Blowing Rock, a speed limit of 55 mph.
Now, after struggling through the frustrations of a construction project which was long past its deadline and far over its budget, I was incredulous to see that the speed limit on our new multimillion dollar "improvement" has been lowered to 50 mph and that the section from the Blackberry intersection to the town limits has been reduced by 20 mph down to 35 mph.
When I contacted officials at the NCDOT, I was told that this "improved" project was intentionally designed to have these lower limits. I was given no indication that this matter would be reconsidered.
If our area truly wants to create a better environment for jobs, tourism and satisfied travelers, these new frustrations seem both inexplicable and inexcusable. If you agree, I invite others to join with me in voicing your protest and opposition.
G. Alex Bernhardt
Thanks for your concern
This letter is to express my appreciation to the kind, supportive residents of the Blowing Rock area who have responded so warmly concerning my recent illness, operation and, now, as I begin treatment.
The calls, cards and prayers have been heartwarming and confirm my feelings that this is a truly a special place filled with special people.
I look forward to returning to the High Country in mid-summer.