Dec. 18 letters

Dec 17, 2013

Voter ID changes are puzzling

To the editor:

I do not understand why so many Republican Congressmen support voter I.D. laws when it has been proven over and over that voter fraud is extremely negligible and does not warrant the cost to implement and make voting more difficult.

But then, on the other hand, they strongly oppose requiring background checks on all gun purchases. Too many gun purchases are made by people that would never have passed a background check and so many innocent people are being murdered daily.

Oh, by the way, my Republican friends have been telling me repeatedly that Medicare B premiums would go up well over $200 monthly starting in 2014. Well I just read monthly premiums will not go up in 2014, but will remain the same as 2013 at $104.

Up until five years ago I was a staunch Republican, but have since changed my affiliation to Independent. I now read the issues, impacts, ignore the scare tactics and vote for who I think will be best for the 95 percent.

Ron Rookstool

Maggie Valley


Bravo,  Bethel Middle School

To the editor:

I want to congratulate the faculty and administration of Bethel Middle School for inviting “The Festival of Lights” to their school for these Christmas Holidays. I am a retired ESL (English as a Second Language) Teacher, and I have known many children from many cultures. And I know that a focus of the public school Common Core Curriculum is to make students “21st Century Learners.”

Based on Haywood County’s loss of jobs to other countries in the past couple of decades, we are all sorely aware of the new Global Economy. We must accept the need for students to now have a world view and an understanding of many cultures if they are to be successful.

Regarding the claim that this program is to promote other religions, I would comment that from my readings of The Bible, and from my years of education, living, and spiritual searchings, I have learned that all religions have great lessons and important morals to teach. It is up to the individual to decide what to take from them.

I do not think that “The Festival of Lights” program was designed to infiltrate American youth with infidel ideals or to taint their already strong Christian beliefs.

I think this event will just give them an introduction into the cultures of the world’s citizens that they will meet and deal with in their future.

Richard Byers



Reaction to school program was disturbing

To the editor:

I am writing this letter to express how deeply disturbed I am about the reactions to an educational program at one of the schools. First, I would like to congratulate the school and the teachers for their endeavor and vision to teach children about the variety of cultures and beliefs in our world. Our own children and now our grandchildren were raised with what we believe is Jesus’ core message: “Love thy neighbor…”.

We also believe that Jesus did not mean to love only the ones that we already know and believe the same things as we do but to love the ones we do not know and who are in times hard to understand.

Our children were fortunate enough to attend a school within a community where those beliefs were supported. Learning about Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions did not harm the Christian faith of our children. It made them stronger.

They now live a rich life, sharing it with people of different beliefs and venues. This is because they have learned about them and do not fear them.

It seems to me that it would have been more helpful, especially for the children involved, if the representatives of the two churches mentioned in the article would have sought dialogue with the school and the teachers first.

This would have taught the children that misunderstandings and fears can be resolved by talking with each other.

Good will and informed cooperation are indeed ways to solve a conflict. Most teachers my husband  and I had the blessing to get to know deeply cared for the well being of the children they were teaching.

Teachers deserve a blessing for all their hard work not a slamming. I encourage other parents to take a stand for a broadminded and visionary education in our schools.

Susan Robertson


A little dose of sooth

To the editor:

Consider the possibility of a complete socialization of our country. If the badly needed fiscal reforms were passed in 2016, which would eliminate many of the “entitlements” bestowed upon the populous to put this administration in office, it would result in riots and anarchy throughout the country. Remember the sights of Cairo and Athens?

The current administration could impose martial law and then take some frightening actions. Elections would be suspended and the current administration would stay in office indefinitely.

Because of the bankruptcy of the country, banks could be nationalized, all retirement and bank accounts could be seized along with all guns and ammunition.

According to many reports, Homeland Security has already constructed and provisioned hundreds of “concentration camps.”

The Constitution would be a piece of scrap paper. Obama could declare himself “President for life” as Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela.  People will say, “that could never happen in our country.”

Our country is being stolen from us one piece at a time. Our economy is trashed by suffocating debt, our military has been reduced to that of a third world country, we have insulted all allies and now have virtually no other country in the world that would come to our assistance in time of crisis.

Our international reputation has been destroyed.

Why would the Progressives stop now?

Sounds preposterous, but is this the plan?

Always consider the possible.

Bruce Gardner