Reader letters, 9-12

Sep 12, 2016

Hospital offered great care

To the editor,

I am writing my regarding recent emergency room visit and resultant surgery and admission to Haywood Regional Medical Center.

From the very first person who “touched” us, we knew we were in good hands. The kindness, understanding, caring and professionalism demonstrated by the staff was surely consoling to us.

Dr. King performed the emergency surgery and explained thoroughly what to expect post-surgery. As a waiting family member during the surgery, the staff met my expectations for my wait and the doctor’s post-surgery visit.

All that was promised came true. I could see that the staff is truly dedicated and proud to be with HRMC. Kudos to Ron Harkleroad, RN, CEO, for his outstanding team of medical professionals and facility.

We are grateful it’s part of our community.

Val Cooper

Maggie Valley


Political choices are woefully lacking

To the editor,

In this fall’s presidential election, we have two main choices-neither of which is presidential caliber.

Both candidates are proven pathological liars that the majority of our citizens believe cannot be trusted.

When you consider the federal legislative candidates the election results cannot help but lead to higher taxes, more government, more wars, further loss of privacy, the continued decline of the middle class, and accelerating incompetence.

A look at our state government is likewise discouraging. The current regime has given us House Bill 2 (a disaster from the start), misguided education cuts, a ridiculous teacher salary schedule contributing to a shortage of qualified teachers, and charter schools.

The charter school situation is particularly upsetting because charters schools are now defined as private schools with public funding that are not accountable to the state.

Teachers do not have to even be certified. Lunacy has reached new heights.

Our Haywood County commissioners have joined the “party.” They have approved an animal shelter that will cost in excess of$3.5 million and will be financed for 40 years. We do need a new animal shelter but not a pet palace.

There are other pressing needs in this county but the commissioners buckled in the face of a relatively small-organized group of proponents.

What should one do? Move? Leave the country? Vote out incumbents? Hope and pray for the return of common sense? Probably all of these but don’t county on positive results.

R.F. Benhart


Commissioners who supported the animal shelter have vision

To the editor:

As an true “friend of animals”, I am very pleased that the Haywood County Board of County Commissioners has approved, by a narrow 3-2 vote, the building of a new animal shelter. I commend Commission Chairman Mark Swanger, Commissioner Bill Upton and Commissioner Kevin Ensley.

Their “yes” votes assures Haywood County that a new animal shelter will be built — one that is badly needed. All anyone needs to see that is to visit the old, outdated shelter on Hemlock Street.

I’m very disappointed in the “no” votes from Commissioners Kirkpatrick and Sorrells. The support from our community has been overwhelming in favor of building a new facility for the care of dogs and cats and the three commissioners that voted for the shelter understand and support the community’s wishes.

Obviously, the other two commissioners don’t have that understanding and/or vision.

Scott Maclay


Comments (1)
Posted by: Ron Rookstool | Sep 13, 2016 10:24

Kudos to Val Cooper for expressing how great our hospital really is. Personally, as a volunteer working Patient Escort at our hospital,  I know first hand that 95% of the patients are completely satisfied with our hospital. Very few patients take the time to tell their story. So thank you Val for taking the time to tell how good our hospital and staff are. Of course there are a few dissatisfied patients as there will be in any business. The wheel that squeaks the loudest gets the oil. But they certainly are not talking for the majority.

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