Oct. 30 reader letters

Oct 29, 2013

Info on Benny Greene sought

To the editor:

In November 2012, ground broke for the new Vietnam Memorial Fund’s “Faces on the Wall” Project in Washington, D.C.

This memorial will feature photos of the Vietnam War dead.

Here in North Carolina, myself, my brother and one more volunteer are trying to locate every one of their gravestones and a photo of each one as well.

We started out with 1,610 and it ballooned to 1,760 and we have it whittled down to 174. We need your help.

We need to get this information out to the county you support so they can look at the names we give you and hopefully they might recognize one and send us the photo.

This has been done in New Mexico, Massachusetts and California to name a few and it has been very successful.

Haywood County has one veteran unaccounted for, supposedly from Clyde.  His name is Benny Doyce Geene. We haven’t been able to locate his family.

To provide information and a photograph, send an email to reecejim@yahoo.com.

Jim Reece


Smathers’ experience will serve Canton well

To the editor:

Phil Smathers is a candidate for one of four seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen.

During his 36 years as a Canton employee in various capacities, he has acquired a considerable amount of knowledge concerning the day-to-day operation of a town.

Phil was chief of the Canton Fire Department for seven years, served as assistant director of public works and later as chief building inspector.

He supervised the remodeling/rebuilding of the Colonial Theater.

If elected, he would serve on a board including three other people with no experience in the complexities of running a town. His first-hand knowledge and experience would be a valuable asset in that scenario.

Phil is aware of and concerned about issues facing Canton: revitalization of the downtown area, satisfying new state mandates for water quality with our aging infrastructure, addressing recreation needs for lighted ball fields, a plan for replacing an outdated swimming pool, and determining a long-term plan for the use and support of Camp Hope, to name a few.

He is also aware of the importance of retaining and meeting the needs of valued town employees. A Canton native with children and grandchildren,

Phil has a vested interest in the future of Canton and would like to see his hometown prosper and continue to provide the quality of life we enjoy here.

He is active in his church, a Boy Scout leader, involved in youth sports programs, a veteran who served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army and in Desert Storm as a member of the National Guard.

I have worked with Phil as a volunteer on various town-related projects. He has proved to be a capable and knowledgeable worker, sincerely interested in supporting and advancing the Town of Canton.

He has my vote and my recommendation that other citizens give serious consideration to voting for him.

Edie Burnette



Different strokes

To the editor:

If a foreign group of people announced plans to shut down the U.S. government, they would be called terrorists.

If a domestic group not only announced — but actively pursued — the same plan, they would be called Republicans.

The first group would be targeted for some kind of reprisal. The second group…well, they get re-elected.

Bill Lusto



Consider this

To the editor:

I am not scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering about on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

This is the industry that:

• Mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals;

• Feeds carcasses of cats and dogs killed in pounds to chickens;

• Exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages;

• Exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale market prices;

• Punishes documentation of its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws;

• Promotes world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans to animals;

• Generates more greenhouse gases than any other human activity Generates more water pollution than any other human activity;

• Creates a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico that dwarfs the BP oil spill;

• Creates deadly antibiotic-resistant pathogens by feeding antibiotics to animals;

• Creates epidemics of salmonella, listeria, and other infectious diseases;

• Promotes mortality from diabetes, heart failure, stroke, cancer, and other diseases.

Now, that’s really scary. And this is why I am dropping animal products from my menu.

Wade Moore



Football, prayer are ways to unite people

To the editor:

It was proven Friday night how much we all love football. This is a good thing.

People get together, which is great. This gives us a chance for interaction with the whole of Haywood County.

Then I began to think wouldn’t it be wonderful for all of us to get together and worship and praise Jesus Christ.

Our nation would reap a harvest if this could happen at all ball games.

Sue Blaylock


Comments (3)
Posted by: Lawrence Scott Boroff | Oct 31, 2013 10:23

Bill Lusto - In case you were not paying attention. The government wasn't shutdown. Select areas, in most cases were areas were chosen for political reasons only, such as the WWII Memorial. This Memorial requires no attendants, doesn't charge an admission, nor was any danger of someone gettting hurt unless they fell into the pool and drown, in which case, you can't protect everyone from themselves 100% of the time.The government is out of control and overstepping it's boundaries in a lot of areas. It needs to be curtailed and spending controlled. Sometimes extreme measures are called for, such as it was needed back 1775. I sure the British crown called the American colonist their word for terrorist at that time also. The government isn't always right. Using an analogy provided by another letter writer who chosen to give up eating meat, I prefer not to be a herd animal and play follow the leader when the path is leading over a cliff.  

Posted by: Scott Lilly | Oct 31, 2013 15:43

Regarding name-calling a foreign group of people announcing plans to shut down the US government... China announced a campaign to dump the dollar as the international currency?  If that occurs the US government shuts down immediately.  Look at what happens when just a city government becomes bankrupt: Detroit.  The government "subjects" get paid 16 cents on the dollar in their pensions and the police respond to calls between 58 minutes and 3 days.  And that's with the state of Michigan bailing them out somewhat.  Imagine what happens on a national scale in the same situation but with no ability to get bailed out.  (Unless you "merge" with another country -- what would be a take-over by another name.)  What you will find is that individual states would have to create their own currencies and fend for themselves.  Social security would be gone in a second.  And suddenly the idea of "getting back to basics" with a military being the first order of business seems like a very good idea.  At what point should We The People stop our government from spending?  When we spend more than we have?  (Too late for that.)  When we can't pay back what we borrow in a lifetime?  (That ship sailed already.)  When our government loses respect for a budget and even the currency it uses? (Unfortunately, that's reality.)  How do you stop an out-of-control government?  I'd say the Tea Party has some ideas.  Does anyone else?

Posted by: Charles Zimmerman | Nov 02, 2013 10:24

             Most certainly King George thought of OUR rebels as "terrorists"! Many were charged with treason and subject to death. It was a crime to speek-out against the Crown or the Church. Those that did used ficticious names or "publious". James Madison, John Jay and Alexander Hamilton wrote The Federalist using "publius". The essays explaining why the new Constitution was written in the manner it was were printed in several newspapers in order that the people themselves could embrace or reject what had been proposed. To this day it is still legal for anyone to use "publius" and nothing more to post their opinion without fear in a letter to the editor in any US newspaper regardless of any set restraints.

             It has long been considered that when a nation has interest on debt amounting to about 12% of said debt that this is unsustainable and will colapse the govt. Presently OUR interst payment is 2%. Not even close to default status. Nor is OUR debt historicly high as a percentage of GDP. After WWII it was about 150%. Presently it is just over 100%. But coming down. As is the deficit.  bush refused to put the cost of the Iraq nor the Afghanistan WARS on his books nor Medicare expansion, leaving Obama to ressponsibly do so. And so he did leaving himself open for what bush chose to ignore.

         Duly elected President Obama did in fact roll back some of the anti-constitutional practices such as torture bush engaged in. BUT! He should have first placed george WAR bush and his co-conspiritors under arrest and convened a WAR Crimes Tribunal. Second, he should have rescinded the bush tax give-aways whereby the bush-baby took OUR money from OUR treasury and gave it back to primarily the upper 5%. With no strings attached. This previous asset of WE the people was primarily used not to produce jobs in the US, but overseas, or stashed in off-shore accounts to avoid taxes. $1,600,000,000,000.00 went to OUR disadvantage. Instead of coursing its way thru OUR economy turning over as many as 9 or more times, it primarily was used against US at OUR loss of jobs and or industry. No outside terrorist could even dream of accomplishing what the "smirking chimp" did! We are living with the results. That is reality!


           Chuck Zimmerman

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