Letters, Feb. 3

Jan 31, 2014

Rescue Squad drivers were unprofessional

To the editor:

On Jan. 30, at 11 a.m., I went to the Davita Dialysis Center in Clyde to pick up my wife, a dialysis patient.  There was 4 inches of snow, but I have a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.  As is often the case, and for the second time this week, the portico was blocked with a ‘professional’ truck and personnel, and the motor was pouring fumes into the reception room.

Knowing they were in the clinic, I waited to speak to them. They emerged and went directly to their vehicle (R-14).  Twenty minutes later, they returned and blocked the portico as before.  As this is the norm, that did it.

While blocking the drive, the Rescue Squad personnel chatted with someone in the ice-laden parking lot — then came inside, whereupon, I spoke to the male driver.

I said, “I appreciate the work you’all do, but you need to know that my wife could fall trying to get around your vehicle, and I don’t want to have to take her back to Mission [Hospital].”

He looked at me, turned the motor off, and returned into the clinic in defiance.  Their patient was (I was told) four people out for dismissal.  That being the case, why not move the truck?

Most of the lot spaces were open.  This is typical of non-family transport people, and indicates their detachment from the plight of patients who can often barely move after hours on kidney dialysis.

Upon my arrival home, I tried to notify both local Rescue Squad offices, plus the Haywood Emergency Management Office of the incident.  I succeeded in contacting three answering machines at 1130 a.m.  On my desk was an appeal for my regular donation, which I promptly threw in the garbage.  They may make their budget this year, but it will be without me.  An apology may change things.

David A. Williams

Waynesville

Art in Waynesville should be appropriate

To the editor:

There are questions for the Waynesville Public Art Commission.

I served on the Waynesville Public Art Commission from 2006 until March of 2011.

Public art was a brand new commission at the time, tasked with not only starting a public art collection for the Town of Waynesville; raising private funds to purchase the art; setting up all procedures for soliciting proposals from artists; choosing the location and overseeing the installation of the artworks; and writing the manual for the care of the art collection and procedures for de-accession of artworks, either donated or purchased.

Part of all this background work was also establishing a mission statement to guide the procurement of the art: The mission of the Waynesville Public Art Commission is to engage the community and enrich public spaces through original art that celebrates Waynesville’s unique historic, cultural, natural and human resources.

The members of the commission worked for months on the wording of this mission statement with the goal of insuring that Waynesville’s public art collection would be appropriate to an Appalachian mountain community.

I see that this mission statement is still posted on the Town of Waynesville’s web site. I respectfully submit a request to the current Public Art Commission members for an explanation as to how the sculpture titled “La Femme” fits the mission statement.

Or, has the mission statement been changed? I can accept the inclusion of Bill Eleazer’s “Chasing Tadpoles” into the collection. As a long-time art teacher at Tuscola High School, Mr. Eleazer had a long association with the community and chasing tadpoles is an activity that can occur right in the middle of town down in Frog Level. Or in Vance Street Park which would be a most appropriate location for this piece. But a giant, modernistic bust of a woman titled “La Femme?” I think an explanation is in order.

Kaaren Stoner

Waynesville

 

Help prevent unwanted pets

To the editor:

There is a reason why the Humane Society declared February as “Spay-Neuter Awareness Month.”

Do you want another five to 10 kittens or puppies in your home by Easter? Pet owners need to act now to prevent unplanned litters this spring. Waiting will only increase your female’s risk of an unnecessary pregnancy. Fix your males now, too.

It takes two to tango, and he will stay closer to home. It may surprise people to learn that 50 percent of litters are accidental. Every spring, Haywood County sees a sharp increase in the number of puppies and kittens entering our local animal shelters. The problem is that cats and dogs get pregnant much earlier than most people expect, with some kittens going into heat as early as four months and some puppies by five months.

Littermates will mate with each other, adding to the problem and causing health concerns for the young momma and her inbred offspring. Give your pet the gift of health and fix by five months! Haywood Spay/Neuter continues to provide low-cost spay/neuter services to pets of Haywood County residents. For pet owners on government assistance, there is a grant to help with the cost. Call 452-1329 or stop by to register at 182 Richland St. in Waynesville, Tuesday – Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Photo ID and proof of income are required by NC State Spay/Neuter Refund Program.

Our upcoming trips to the spay/neuter clinic are Feb. 5 and 19, regardless of the weather. Pet owners should not put this off.

Connie Hewitt,

Board president, Haywood Spay/Neuter

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