Letters from readers, Dec. 6

Dec 05, 2013

A glimmer of hope

To the editor:

On the first Sunday in Advent, many of us heard the inspiring words of the prophet Isaiah:

“ . . . they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Recently there have been two events that fit into this framework.  The first was the successful efforts by the US and other countries to persuade Syria to agree to allow the inspection and eventual destruction of that country’s chemical weapons.

The second was the meetings in Geneva with representatives of Iran that led to an interim agreement to allow inspectors into their country and to cease further enrichment of uranium.

Neither of these events brought us to the peaceful state the prophet spoke about.  But each is a start, a glimmer of hope, one that would have been deemed impossible to bring about not too many years ago.

May the spirit of Isaiah’s words — which are part of the Islamic heritage as well as our own — continue to undergird the Syrian and Iranian nations decisions to talk through their concerns instead of simply digging in and refusing to have even a dialogue with the outside world.

As our President said many moons ago, “It is difficult for a person to make a fist when extending a hand to another.”

John Vanderstar


Let’s be nice before Christmas

To the editor:

Could we, at least during this Holy Season, stop the hate and fear mongering we read in letters here ?  We see it on television and hear it on radio talk shows. Enough!

Could we, in this small western North Carolina town, let it rest until after Christmas?

I challenge all letter writers, no, I challenge everyone in this beautiful place we live to: Concentrate on helping those in need.

Talk about all the blessings we have.  Show love and respect to everyone, even when you think they don’t deserve it.

Smile at people on the street and wish them a Merry Christmas.

Sing every chance you get. Who knows, maybe the hate and fear will disappear and we will have peace in our hearts even after Christmas.

Dot Burford



Thanks for the support

To the editor:

I just want to thank all my friends, family and customers that attended my open house and for all the nice compliments on my shop.

I offer quality merchandise at affordable prices and welcome everyone to stop by for a cup of hot spiced cider.

Jan Stanley

Waynesville Frog Level Estate Sales