Haywood has a lot going on

May 02, 2014

Easter giving model is a good one


Hats off to Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Clyde for starting what we hope could turn into a trend across the county.

Most are accustomed to charitable giving during the Christmas season, and there’s thousands of dollars in food,  heating help, clothing and other donations collected to help those who are down and out.

This  year, Long’s Chapel tried a new idea of encouraging charitable giving at Easter. The entire collection on Easter Sunday was pledged to an effort in Kenya to build schools and  to offset costs of anti-poverty programs in Haywood.

The collection netted $75,000, the largest Easter collection on  record at the Clyde church.

The act was a leap of  faith for the church, and one that can serve as a model across the nation. Good job.


Eagle's return is a sign of progress

Eagle spottings across the county not only provide a thrill, but are a signal that we are becoming better stewards of a precious national resource.

The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782, as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.

By the late 20th century, the bird was on the endangered species list, something many blamed on the pesticide DDT, which was banned in 1972.

Since then, the eagle population has rebounded and its presence in Haywood County is a sign our waterways are not only healthy, but provide plenty of fish for the majestic bird.

The trend is a positive one and should be celebrated.


Voter turnout so far is a bad sign

By mid-week, less than 1,100 had bothered to vote early in Haywood County. That’s just a fraction of the 42,025 registered voters in the county and signals voter turnout for the May 6 primary election will be quite low.

There have been times in Haywood County when the number of people who voted early rivaled the number of Election Day voters.

Whether the change is due to voter disgust or the new election law that condensed the number of days polls would be open is unknown.

We’re hearing more and more that people are so disgusted with politicians and the political process they feel it is useless to participate in the election process. While the position is understandable given the role of big money in elections, it is never good to give up. Vote early or vote Tuesday, just weigh in.