Reader letters 9-14

Sep 14, 2016

Beware of IRS scam

To the editor:

Although The Mountaineer has alerted us to the telephone scan involving a call from the “I.R.S.”, we should remain alert to the unscrupulous pack of vermin who attempt to prey on unsuspecting people.  Having received my third such call, I contacted the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and gave them the telephone number which showed on my caller ID.  They can work to have such numbers shut down, but the crooks stay in business with a new number.

Remember that an  I.R.S. contact will be made by certified mail, not by a telephone call with a recorded message from the “IRS”.  Write down the telephone number and report it to the Attorney General’s office.  Don’t fall for the scam and make sure that your friends and neighbors don’t become victims either.

Otis Sizemore

Maggie Valley

Consider this in light of Central’s closure

To the editor,

I have been following with great interest the sad, tragic, demise of our beloved Waynesville Central Elementary School. What a sorry mess our school board and county commissioners have created!

Anyone still interested in this debacle, who may get to read this letter, wake up and pay attention. The scenario is becoming clearer and clearer.

First was the decision that had already gone down about Central’s closure, before the decision was ever made: Central must go — end of subject.

Next came the hissy fit the school board pitched about being discovered talking about the possibility of moving the school boards offices to Central’s campus (actually the best idea).

This resulted in two lawyers butting heads over a lawsuit brought against the board over Central’s closure. Then it fell into the hands of the county commissioners. What was their take on this deal?

If the school board is being so wishy-washy what they want to do concerning their impending need to find permanent office space, this is what we will do: if the school board has no interest in using this perfectly good school property (which just happens to be the ideal location where the school board could permanently relocate all of their offices plus any future needs for space) our response will be to declare it surplus property.

The school board is fully aware that, in spite of just four more years on their lease at the old hospital, the county is going to rid themselves of this “white elephant” property sooner or later. When this happens (not if), the school board will have to vacate the building.

Now that the school board has waffled around on the subject, destroyed a perfectly good, well-run public school with claims of it being “too expensive?” to keep it maintained with “too few?” students, another picture is immerging.

This very day (Aug 29) a new player has popped up: Haywood Christian Academy.

Sometime, in past months when the plot was thickening, it was ever so subtly mentioned that HCA had been allowed to measure the buildings at Central (i.e. sniffing it out).

Central had actually not even been closed yet. Now that our perfectly good school has been thrown on the junk heap, the vultures are descending.

HCA (an exclusive little private school) is boldly talking about approaching Anne Garrett, school superintendent, about a deal.

Our school board cannot see the forest for the political trees, which are blocking their view and playing with the minds. I cannot comprehend how such a well-educated group can act in such an uneducated way. It sort of resembles a “Duh!” moment and they still don’t get it.

The name of their whole game is “money, money, money.” As it turns out either “not enough for” or “Let us add more” even if we destroy a perfectly good, 116-year old public school. Then, we can sell to a private school to line the county’s coffers with a little more money.

Think about the destructive effect the

‘private school craze” has had on North Carolina public schools. Remember also, all of these various board members are also political people who must face voters at the ballot box. Shall we clean house at the next election?

Bobby Davis


Comments (1)
Posted by: Allen Alsbrooks | Sep 18, 2016 01:50

Prudent stewardship of assets would retask redundant property as quickly as possible. Everyone who owns property knows the deteriorating factor associated with empty buildings.

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