Aug. 8 reader letters
Glad gay marriage ban was overturned
To the editor:
To all of you that voted for Amendment One, the ban on same-sex marriage, I know that the recent federal court ruling in Virginia that includes North Carolina is a bitter pill to swallow. And I hope you choke on it.
Your narrow-minded attitudes are shameful. Rather than attacking your apparent lack of education and misunderstanding of American law, I can simply say that you are collectively cruel and terribly mean-spirited people. You are an embarrassment for this state and this country.
I want you to move away from my neighborhood and set your sights on the likes of Mississippi and Alabama.
Those places are filled with hatred and you’ll fit right in. With your departure, the decent people can continue moving forward knowing that all people are equal before American law regardless of the hatred that your churches churn out. I feel like I should apologize for being so harsh, but I wouldn’t dream of it.
Event not authentic
To the editor:
I am a Turkish citizen who visited Folkmoot from Florida last month.
The reason is to see my folk dance and autentique culture as Turkey. But live a big shock! Because the group was from USA and dancers most of was USA citizen. This is not culture exchange, never. This is a big sensation. I strongly protest this situation. This situation also is has betrayed to the Folkmoot sprit.
Again I strongly protest this situation and Folkmoot management.
(Editor’s note: Securing visas for out-of-country visitors has been increasingly difficult in recent years, which has led to dance groups coming from nations where visa issues aren’t as difficult to deal with.)
Grace Episcopal Church says thanks
Grace Church in the Mountains’ Annual Parish Fair, a longstanding tradition in Waynesville, was held as usual on the last Saturday in July, amidst all the Folkmoot and library book sale activity, and this year it was the most successful in many years. Our gratitude goes to so many people and groups, reaching far beyond the herculean efforts of the wonderful Grace family members.
We thank the attendees who stood in long lines awaiting the toll of the church’s bell to begin the dash to the various fair areas.
We thank the local businesses such as John Graham, Ingles, Bi-Lo, Tommy Franklin, Specialty Lock and Key, and Sam’s Club who were supportive, along with the myriad of local merchants who donated items for our silent auction.
Over $14,500 was raised from the event, all of which will be given back to the community — to Haywood County non-profit organizations that will be submitting grant applications this month. Last year 18 local organizations received grants as part of the outreach efforts of the fair. In addition, all remaining unsold items are always donated to local non-profit groups for their use and or resale.
It once again shows that Waynesville, Haywood County, is a good place to call home, or as Rev. Nick Honerkamp, President of Haywood Christian Emergency Shelter, recently said, “We live in a very unique community.”
Grace Episcopal Church
Outreach Chair, Betty Smith
Dumber and dumber taxes
To the editor:
This is in reference to “Smart Taxes and Dumb Taxes” written by school employee Bill Nolte. First of all, this is looking for political rhetoric. Your tax graph shows N.C. to be the highest tax state of the states shows, so what’s your point?
I agree, our taxes are very high; however, I believe that is from an inefficient, bloated government. Our teachers just averaged a 7 percent raise; some more, some less. I think this is a good thing.
But when we spend $10 million on a bridge to nowhere (Howell Mills road project) these are dollars foolishly spent. It must be just in my neighborhood where I cannot get the potholes fixed!
My point is the more we feed the monster, the more the monster wants.