Letters, March 31

Mar 30, 2017

Citizen responsibility outlined

To the editor:

There is a phase of credibility which enhances the tenacity of duty.

Duty toward one’s countryman, and the duty toward oneself is essential to accomplish our government’s mission of peace throughout the world.

The credibility of our nation, for which we are responsible, is to maintain a non reproachable character, a burden often tried to its limits.

Often governments with conflicting beliefs will try subversive measures to compromise their country’s credibility and subdue its people.

But if dedicated determination, coupled with the relationship and cooperation shared with the people and agencies of governmental structure, these oppressors will falter in their task and the credibility of the nation will not be compromised.

It appears, we as a nation of free people, stumble at times to maintain a sense of accomplishment. The complex working of our government to shroud, not deceive, are to protect the interest of the people.

Doing so enables compatable relationships to coexist with functional readiness to deter foreign and domestic subversive activities.

A self-governed people will question the activities of its lawmakers to ensure compatable attitudes with those they represent. Analyzing national policies toward affairs, at home and abroad, is a healthy practice of responsible citizens.

Without an effective source of critical scrutiny our government’s credibility and that of other nations could become rampant with moral decay.

Our nation has a burden of responsibility, but with continued support of the people, success and growth will ensure continuance of a model government for all nations to admire and fashion their political ideas.

Joseph M. Edwards



Consider helping with Ghost Town site

To the editor:

I want to commend both the Reynold’s community in Canton and the Pigeon Street community in Waynesville for their creative and forward-looking stance with respect to the old Reynolds School property and Pigeon Street School.

This is exactly the type of community spirit that makes Haywood County the place to rear families and keep Haywood moving forward in such a positive manner.

One area of concern does bother me, however. Alaska Pressley is a well-known, life- long citizen of Maggie Valley. The personal attempts she has made to purchase the old Ghost Town Park and return it to a progressive, money-making business is one of the most unselfish acts that I have personally witnessed in my seventy-one years of life.

She has spend millions of dollars of her personal money in a serious and (in my opinion) very unselfish and thoughtful attempt to help, not only Maggie and Haywood County, but also the entire region economically.

I can think of no other single individual who has attempted to do more for her beloved home place. It should be obvious to anyone that Alaska is not trying to bring the Ghost Town Theme Park back to its original reputation in order to benefit herself financially.

From the time I was a small child growing up in Maggie, I and others of the community have benefited financially by being provided jobs at her and her late husband Hubert’s motel and restaurant located in the middle of Maggie Valley. I still possess my first watch, which I was able to buy at Smith’s Drug Store located on Main Street in downtown Waynesville for seven decades.

Alaska, if you read this, I want you to know how grateful and appreciative I am that it was you and Hubert who gave me the job of mowing the grass at your motel so that I could buy that watch. It was a Timex watch with a leather band and it still keeps time just as well as the first day I bought it. Thank you for the opportunity you provided me to earn that seven dollars to buy my first watch. Like myself, others have benefited from the jobs you have provided us through all there years.

My purpose for writing this letter is to (hopefully) encourage the civic and business leaders of Haywood County to reconsider their decision not to come to your assistance in reopening Ghost Town Theme Park in Maggie Valley. I know that money is tight.

But I can think of no better way to bring prosperity back to Haywood County and Western North Carolina for the civic and local government authorities to help you financially in reopening Ghost Town Theme Park in Maggie Valley.

The jobs it would bring to the folks in Haywood and Western North Carolina and the financial rewards such adventure would bring to the local and regional economy should speak for itself!

Ray Valentine

Former Maggie Valley resident