March 21 reader letters

Mar 20, 2014

A heartfelt thanks

To the editor:

On Aug. 19, 2013, my home had a devastating fire. We called the fired department, stayed outside and waited. All belongings, gone.

We stayed at the Maggie Valley Inn for three days. Thank you, American Red Cross.

We then stayed at the Comfort Inn for a month. We had to buy clothes, food, of course, dog food. My insurance company came through and found us a home to live in. Thank you, Allstate.

But who will rebuild my home? I called two contractors who did not want to touch this destruction.

I let my fingers do the walking and called WNC Home Builders. I met a man named Rob Young. He was courteous, friendly and I let my instinct trust him. And little by little, things were getting done.

Then things happened so fast. He picked me up to shop. Shop. I never thought I would have a home again.

All I want to say is that WNC Building Company is not just a company; it’s the man behind it.

Thank you, Robert Young.

Kathleen Adams



Strive for more growth, less tax

To the editor:

Freedom to earn a good living and to keep what you make — creates economic growth.

Economic freedom is the opportunity to make decisions about the money that we earn. We decide if we want to take a business risk, save it for the future, or spend it on our own families.

Taxation takes away economic freedom from the individual — it forces people to pay. It removes freedom of choice.

Small businesses create a growing economy. They work hard so we all have a chance to earn more money. When governments stay out of the way, small businesses can hire more people. When taxes go up — the mom and pop shop owners must pay the government, not their employees.

People will work hard when they get to keep what they make. Taxation is a necessary evil — so why are politicians in favor of more evil? Can we agree we are far past the ‘necessary’ level of taxation?

Economic freedom does not depend on the government for help. When people are free to earn more money,  then people can take care of themselves. Lower taxation to let families keep their own money.

When I dream the American Dream, it includes what I can do for my family, not what I can do for the government.

For example, the U.S. budget is $2.7 trillion a year with a $17.5 trillion debt ($55,100 /person: every adult and child).

My American Dream includes a “debt free future” for our children.

Herb Trenka


Comments (8)
Posted by: Scott Lilly | Mar 20, 2014 17:39

"When I dream the American Dream, it includes what I can do for my family, not what I can do for the government." -- As President Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." -- That is a CONSERVATIVE principle.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 24, 2014 10:31

          Herb Trenka:



          Taxes are an obligation. They are an obligation that We the people have thru OUR duly elected representatives placed on OURSELVES in order to do the business of We the people.

           Current debt was primarily accumulated in response to the excesses of the bush baby. Blame the right administration!

           Personally, I entered into a contractural agreement with my sire to farm together in 1974. We had previously agreed to buy a 165 acre farm on land contract  the year before. He had no cash and I needed start-up money. I borrowed $35,000.00 with a 1969 SS 396/375hp Chevelle for collateral. While I built up net worth I was never out of debt with my average debt around $300,00.00.

           Debt properly applied builds net worth.

           In the case of OUR Federal Govt, the previous administration took $1,500,000,000.00(1.5trillion) of OUR tax moneys and gave it to the primarily well-off as essentially a reward for voting for him. With no strings attached!!! This was OUR tax money. It belonged to US. All of US. By and large this money was not used to "create jobs" here. It was spent in other countries, put in the bank, etc. The ripple effect whereby as each dollar goes thru Society, it changes hands about 9 times, was not taken advantage of nor did We benefit from this reckless, irresponsible use of OUR assets.

             Then there were the two unfunded WARS. Along with unfunded pill program thru Medicare. All of which were placed on OUR books by duly elected Obama as bushishito choose not to properly account for his actions on his books effectively shifting the blame forward.

               Plus as the result of the totality of the bush-babie's actions, it was necessary to "stimulate" OUR economy.

It is irresponsable not to recognize any of this and place the blame where it belongs.

           We the people are and will be paying for bushishito's excesses for some time.


Posted by: Allen Alsbrooks | Mar 24, 2014 11:56

Actually, it is the US Congress controls the purse strings. The Administration does submit budgets but they are "hamstringed" by the whims of the House of Representatives and Senate via their oft debated spending bills.

Posted by: Scott Lilly | Mar 24, 2014 22:06

Mr. Zimmerman: Tallying the last 10 years of spending, about 15% of federal spending has gone to national defense INCLUDING the "unfunded wars" you reference.  In comparison, "entitlement" spending was 65% of federal spending.  That's more than 400% of the entire national defense and "unfunded wars".  So the argument can be made, the "unfunded entitlements" is what is bankrupting the country 4 to 1.




Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 25, 2014 11:34

                   Mr. Alsbrooks:


                   With the Declaration of War and the Patriot act, bushishito was given free range and OUR Constitution was effectively suspended. 'Obaminator rescinded parts of the Patriot act and included the costs of the two WARS and the pillbill that bush had not accounted for. This showed up as a huge increase in the deficit which of course the right pounced on as if Obama had just thrown money to the wind.


Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 25, 2014 11:44

        Mr. Scott Lilly:

         This is an up to date site that documents reality and breaks down categories such as Wellfare vs. healthcare.


                 I am for disbanding the Department of Defense, etc. Turn the Pentagon into a flea market. Sell all weapons of war to the highest bidder. If someone wants a nuke, give them one



Posted by: Allen Alsbrooks | Mar 25, 2014 14:24

If the US Congress did not want to fund those escapades they have the means to do so. They have the means but they choose not to. There is a lot of "quid pro quo" going on in those hallowed halls going back farther than both the Bush and Obama administrations.


You of all people should know that.

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Mar 26, 2014 10:05

             Mr. Alsbrooks;

              That's just it.

              Congress did not.

              bush-baby used executive order.

              As I said "Patriot Act"  effectively gave him free reign.

               That stopped with Obamanater.



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