Feb. 5 letters

Feb 04, 2014

There’s plenty that’s good in Haywood

To the editor:

It was late summer at the weekly gathering of the Merry Widows.

We had talked about any and everything; our guests, movies and TV shows, our families, what we were doing and not doing, the latest news, and then we spent far too much anguish and time on the federal government shut down along with the dysfunction of Congress.

Then suddenly a member proposed the suggestion of talking about all of the positives in our lives, like being in Waynesville and Haywood County.

The gloom lifted as the reasons spilled out, one after the other. Such as, for the beauty and the climate’s the host of interesting, caring and wonderful people; the variety of churches; well-run city and county governments; a hospital making positive moves; well qualified physicians; a variety of restaurants; many charitable organizations with people helping people; the Arts Council and HART Theatre; the parks and rec centers;  farmer’s markets; duplicate bridge groups; the small town ambience where we can still purchase anything we need; and the beauty and fascination of Main Street.

A member quickly interjected, “Don’t forget about the Mountaineer and The Guide.”

Everyone agreed to its importance because it keeps us up to date on local news, as well as its entertainment value through interesting articles and stories. It contains mostly good and positive print. Thank you to the Mountaineer and to all of you who help make this our favorite place to be.

Frances Bagby


Shouldn’t all tourist businesses pay an extra tax?

To the editor:

In regard to the column by Beth Brown, her call for higher taxes has sparked my interest. Apparently of the 4 percent tax that is currently collected from lodgings, 1 percent is returned to the zip codes from which the money came.

My first question then, is, what exactly does a zip code do with money?

Does it go shopping? Does it have its nails done? Does it invest in gold or silver? I am swelled with curiosity.

Second, one should always eschew the pretentious alternate secondly, what are we to do about all the restaurants, music halls and craft shops?

The sledge of taxation comes heartily down on the motels and seasonal rentals. Why not allow, er, persuade the rest to join in the festivities?

Do tourists not eat? Do they not buy plastic tomahawks, logo-inscribed  ceramic ducks, refrigerator magnets? And what do the purveyors of such goods know about that zip code thing?

The issue, in my unschooled mind, is fair taxation. Will the county TDA endeavor to consider that question of equitability, or will it merely continue to carry on like the federal government?

Third, the TDA should perhaps refrain from describing itself as a non-profit. The term has in recent years become unsavory, to the extent that nowadays it bears the ugly connotation of rapaciousness.

Scott Muirhead

Consider the percentages

To the editor:

Consider this: 2012-13 1% collections: Canton, 8%; Clyde, .003%; Lake Junaluska, 5%; Maggie Valley, 55%; Waynesville, 32%.

As you can see, the people of Maggie Valley are doing majority of the work and the rest of Haywood County wants them to work for nothing as long as they get a cut of the profits.

I believe the people that do to work should get credit for it and get paid for it. If the people of Maggie Valley that run the motels have to do the bookwork and take the time to record all this information, why shouldn’t they reap the rewards?

The other towns should not have their hands out with an attitude of, “I want, you work for me.”

On another subject, that so-called poll about Michelle smelled a little of old fish. The taxpayers in the town of Waynesville are being asked to support property at the lake that was never taken care of properly. It is not good for the taxpayers. It may be good for the politicians of Waynesville, but not for the people. They get stuck with the bill.

Al Goodis