May 6 letters

May 03, 2013

Pay taxes first, then complain

To the editor:

Accolades are in order to our two county commissioners, Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley, for standing up to that naughty old Republican windbag. Can you imagine the nerve of someone complaining about a proposed tax when she hasn’t paid her taxes in years?

This lady is just your typical tea bagger. Those folks don’t think they should have to pay any taxes. They are opposed to everything.

Figure this one out. Sixty percent of those in the tea party are getting Social Security and Medicare yet here they are out there trying to get more naughty old Republicans elected.

Hello. All the Republicans want to do is kill Social Security and Medicare. I just don’t understand it.

L.J. Taylor



Food drive helps those struggling

To the editor:

I can’t say enough of how much the “U.S. Postal Food Drive” means to me.  My two daughters and I started volunteering at the Open Door in Waynesville about a year ago.  I wanted in some way for my daughters and I to help the homeless and families that are struggling in our community.

I did not know what to expect at first. I was wondering and hoping my girls would have the compassion to want to serve these beautiful people. I thought I could be a blessing to them.

Well, all it took was one time serving and we realized what a blessing they are to us.  When you see men, women and children from all walks of life come in and needing food or a hot meal for the think “Wow!  I don’t ever wonder if I am not going to have food or even be able to feed my family.”

There are a lot of things you can live without...but, you can not live without food.  And these beautiful people are so, so, so thankful and grateful just for a meal for the day or a small box of food.

Giving to the U.S. Postal Food Drive means so much to so many.

S. Holley


Protect our courts

To the editor:

As former Republican and Democratic governors, we often disagree. But here’s one area where we agree:  North Carolina’s courts must be protected from the corrosive influence of special-interest campaign money.

Judges in North Carolina run for election; that can lead to the awkward situation of judges raising large campaign donations from those who appear in their courts.  To prevent possible corruption, North Carolina began a public campaign financing program in 2004.

The program provides a statewide voter guide and an alternative source of campaign money to candidates for the NC Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, if they meet certain public trust conditions.  They must accept strict spending limits, raise hundreds of small donations from voters to show broad support, and refuse PAC donations.

The program has been very successful. It frees judges from the endless money chase and prevents the appearance that justice is for sale. The program is voluntary and does not use an appropriation from the NC General Fund.

State legislators are debating changes in how we select our judges, but let’s all agree on this: As long as judges are elected, we must keep and strengthen the judicial public financing program.  For more details, see

Former Gov. Jim Holshouser, Southern Pines

Former Gov. Jim Hunt, Lucama