Letters, 8-18

Aug 17, 2014

Rethink morals

To the editor:

In 1100 BC, Moses leads Jews to the Promised Land they vacated 300 years earlier. Moses presents God’s moral laws: honor and care for parents; don’t lie, steal, covet neighbor’s wife or goods; don’t commit adultery; don’t kill human beings; acknowledge your dependence on God. Civil liberty radicals want God off our money and buildings. Sorry, Founding Fathers.

1000 BC: Tribes complain to God; they want a king — not 12 judges. They eventually get Solomon with 100 wives and 500 concubines. Within 300 years, the North/South kingdoms are vanquished. God’s presence in the temple ark disappears from history.

Jesus arrives 600 long years later and clarifies only two Old Testament laws. Remarriage/divorce violates God’s law. Adultery in religious marriages is a serious sin requiring God’s forgiveness, not the Jewish death penalty.

Supreme Court law: [1] Child ‘persons” maturing in a mother’s womb can be killed (like pigs or cows) because fetuses with detectable heartbeat/brainwaves, with their intellectual, spiritual souls created by God aren’t court “legal persons.”

Democratic platform agrees. [2] It is wrong to assign biblical death penalties to first-degree murderers. Agreed; modern prisons protect society from murderers. [3] No-fault divorce (1973) is OK if kids and property are equitably distributed — but 900,000 kids are dumped into single-parent poverty every year! [4] Judges can legislate state marriage contracts, thereby publically condoning sexual relations within same-sex couples.

Catholic law: [1] Sacramental marriage provides God’s graces to help it last a lifetime. Therefore, re-marriage is disallowed. However, seminaries don’t teach skills needed to pre-define pitfalls, or provide psychological help. [2] Modern condoms are reasons immoral because they prevent the basic physical function of the act — seed transfer. [3] The pill is reasoned immoral because it modifies a natural physical body function for reasons other than the physical good of the whole body. [Finances] Today’s purpose for taking the pill equates to church-sanctioned rhythm. Without intent to change your position to the church’s venial sin position, confessing is invalid, resulting in confessing only sins like adultery or marriage.

Rethinking needed.

Jack Ryan



Dance troupe filled in a last minute

To the editor:

Folkmoot USA’s annual International Folk Festival continues to invite dance troupes from diverse countries and is the longest running (31 years) and longest in duration (10 days) than the handful of other excellent similar festivals that exist in the USA.

Every year there are challenges faced by the international groups we invite; visas and finances are the most common issues.

And every year, at least one group invited from their home country informs Folkmoot management they must cancel their participation. Unfortunately, this often happens only weeks before the start of the Folkmoot Festival.

In 2014, the group from Turkey cancelled due to financial reasons, in the short weeks leading up to the festival.

With insufficient time to recruit a replacement dance troupe from the home country, Folkmoot, like her 300 sister festivals around the world, must appeal to domestic ethnic dance troupes.

Mr. Apaydin wrote a recent letter to the editor about the dance troupe representing Turkey who appeared at the 2014 Folkmoot Festival.

This dance troupe is a domestic ethnic group representing authentic Turkish culture, but members live in the USA.

They replaced the 2014 Turkish group who cancelled their participation. As explained in Folkmoot’s official program book and by emcees, the domestic Turkish group’s director was born in Turkey and performed all over the world, representing Turkish culture, before moving to the United States where he started his own dance troupe.

All other Folkmoot Festival dance troupes performing in 2014 traveled from their home countries to participate in Folkmoot’s 31st festival.

Our goal is to host cultural groups from other nations. However, we are always grateful when domestic cultural groups can replace an international group, or otherwise fill a space when it is not possible, or is too difficult, to bring performers from their home country.

Karen E. Babcock

Executive director

Folkmoot USA—Host of North Carolina’s International Folk Festival

Treat customers with respect

To whom it may concern, which should be all citizens of Haywood County.

I didn’t appreciate the way I was treated at the Haywood County Tax Office by the public officials.

I went to pay some taxes and said I would like to live in Tennessee where they didn’t tax you like this — two or three times a year on one vehicle.

The man behind the county said, “Get the hell out then.” Do you think this is how public officials should act? I could say more, but it would take a whole page.

Kenny Monteith

Fines Creek


Editor’s note: Tax Administrator David Francis said he was in the office when this customer came in using foul language and slamming his tax bill on the counter. It was the taxpayer who said he hated Haywood County and wanted to get the hell out. His response for the taxpayer was to follow his own wishes.