March 22 letters

Mar 21, 2017

Presnell’s disdain is obvious

To the editor:

Rep. Michelle Presnell clearly has no interest in Haywood County. She’s repeatedly exhibited disdain for the residents-voters no doubt-who have reached out to her. Presnell has based her short political career on dodging interviews and not speaking with media. She’s a representative of the people as long as they tow her party line beliefs.

When the citizens and elected local leadership of Haywood County ask that she assist them in changing the tax collectors position from elected to one that is appointed like the rest of the state, she dismisses the people. Yet decides on a whim to introduce legislation to change the way in which the local school board would be elected.

Why bring partisan politics into education? Clearly no one on the school board wants this. She didn’t even bother consulting with her constituents.

Who does this elected official think she is? I guess she is so confident in her Republican base that she thinks she answers to no one. Just another politician who is in the business of self serving.

For a party that peddles in the ideas of “less government interference” the Republicans in the state sure like taking away control from the locals and handing it over to a bigger state government. It makes no sense. I guess the Republicans are the party of hand holding now?

Presnell is basically telling the people of Haywood County that our voices do not matter. She must believe we’re too ignorant to know what is in our best interests so she’ll make those decisions for us. No need to give her any input she’s the all seeing all knowing Wizard of Western North Carolina, apparently.

I hope everyone remembers Presnell’s complete contempt and aloofness when it comes to Haywood County next election cycle.

She does after all serve all the people not just the ones who agree with her.

Heather L Hyatt

Balsam

Greenway plan mirrors previous one

To the editor:

I read with interest and approval of the Greenway Feasibility Study reported by Elizabeth Teague, director of Development Services, of a route that would connect cyclist and walkers from the Waynesville Recreation Center to Hazelwood. (Mountaineer March 17, 2017)

Several years ago, Volkswalk prepared a recreation map for a 10 KM walk that covered much of the same route.  The town of Waynesville, Greenway Trail System, Phase 1, is an excellent map and should be utilized. I encourage families to walk, cycle or canoe Haywood.

I am to be honored at the 40th anniversary of the Mountains to Sea Trail in Elkin this weekend, March 24-26.  Secretary Howard Lee challenged North Carolina Trail users to build the trail 40 years ago at the National Trails Council annual meeting at Lake Junaluska, which I had organized. Nearly 700 miles of the trail have been built and guides published for the trail.

Doris B. Hammett, MD

Asheville