Letters to the editor

Topics: Quarter-Cent Tax and Ledford High School band
Mar. 20, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

Letters to the Editor

According to your Feb. 22 story about the Quarter-Cent Sales Tax for Education Committee, the committee chairman, Dr. Max Walser, is characterizing the new tax as “an additional 25 cents on a $100 purchase.”

Expect to hear that line repeated over and over again in the weeks between now and the May 6 referendum. Proponents of the new tax want to impress us with how near to no tax the new tax will be.

That is a point well taken.

Commerce in Davidson County was notoriously fragile even before the economic tsunami that befell the world six years ago. Over the last two years, our county commissioners have handed the chambers of commerce $64,000 to conduct “buy local” campaigns in hopes of giving our merchants a fighting chance to survive. The commissioners acknowledge that even more desperate measures will be necessary if the new tax passes.

When a tax that is barely perceptible possesses the potential to wreck retail activity in the 15th most populous county in the state, that tax deserves a moniker more exciting than the one the Walser committee has bestowed upon it. The alternative appellation I would prefer: the Dromedary Sacroiliac Tax.

It wasn’t a boulder that broke the camel’s back.

It was a straw.

Barney Hill

Thomasville

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To the editor,

On March 15 and 16, I had the privilege and honor to play drums in the orchestra for Ledford Panther Player’s production of the musical “Curtains.” I don’t believe I’ve ever been around such a talented group of young people.

The Ledford students were very professional and disciplined in their approach to the responsibilities required to stage a production of this magnitude. The parents and teachers of these students have to be very proud and their support was demonstrated by the quality of this show.

Special recognition needs to go to Mr. Bob Dye, director, and Ms. Carolyn Golrick, music director. Ledford High School and the Davidson County School system are very lucky to have such dedicated and talented teachers.

The extra hours Mr. Dye and Ms. Golrick put into a production will never show up in the playbill; however, the students know their work and will carry the experience of this type of production with them through their lives.

And finally to Dr. Lory Morrow and the Davidson County School Board of Education, the arts are very important to the overall education of the young students in our school systems. Please consider putting more emphasis on music and art in the weekly curriculum received by our students. The arts are something that a student can use for their whole lives, such as being a 66-year-old drummer in a high school musical who began his training at age 9 under Mr. Chester Litwin from Thomasville.

May God bless the students, staff, and parents at Ledford High School.

James B. Trotter Jr.

Thomasville