Reader letters, April 12

Apr 11, 2013

GOP arrogance is evident in actions

To the editor:

The Republican regime in Raleigh is doing business with an arrogance that would make even the Mafia blush.  The extent of it would fill this page. Some examples:

-— A voter ID bill they’ve admitted is unnecessary. A companion measure to overtax parents whose children vote at college.  Cutting early voting by a week--and never on Sunday. Repealing same-day registration. All of this for one purpose only: suppressing the opposition vote.

— Ridding the regulatory agencies of environmental and consumer advocates.

— Continuing the destruction of North Carolina’s schools and colleges. Charter schools would be open to teachers without college degrees and not subject to criminal background checks, and “regulated,” if you can call it that, by their own state board.

— Making the courts fully partisan and repealing the public financing that protects their integrity.

— Letting the payday lending parasites back into North Carolina. Raising consumer interest rates across the board.

— A tax “reform,” including levies on services and, perhaps, groceries, that would raise taxes for most people while lowering them for the wealthiest 40 percent.

— Denying Medicaid to 500,000 people who would be covered by Obamacare and turning the entire program over to their buddies in the private healthcare industry.

— After slashing unemployment benefits, they’re now fixing on one hand to eliminate the earned income tax credit, to the detriment of more than 900,000 low-income families, and on the other, to repeal the estate tax. That tax is paid by barely 50 families at a time; repealing it will save the wealthiest North Carolinians an estimated $53-million a year. That’s quite a dividend, considering that it cost the new shadow ruling class only about $20-million to buy their way into power.

They think they can flaunt such total gall because of a diabolical gerrymandering intended to protect them from the voters for a generation.

But the arc of history is inexorable. Eventually they will be dethroned. The worst of their sabotage will be rectified. What will linger forever is the disgraceful history they’re writing and the shame they’re calling down on their own heads.

The shame will be shared by citizens who disapprove of what they’re doing but who are too busy, too fearful, or too lazy to speak up.

Martin A. Dyckman



Writer is vindictive toward Christians

To the editor:

I read with amazement the letter in the Monday paper responding to The Guide column that focused on the persecution of the apostles of Christ.

Heavens to Betsy, if the author wishes to be a devout atheist or a devout Gnostic, (it was not quite evident which one he was) that’s certainly his right and privilege.  But why be so vindictive toward Christians? And why assume that Thomas Jefferson was correct in all his opinions?   Could be he missed something?

How does he know the Old testament is “crap,” as it was so crudely put?  Was he there?  And does it really matter what relationship Mary Magdalene had to Jesus?  And are the words “atheist” and “Gnostic” synonymous with “vituperative”and “vitriolic?”

Those words certainly describe the tone of your letter.

Ah, well, as a Christian, I still love him, even though he doesn’t love me. After all, didn’t Jesus teach us to love one another?  Or is that “crap,” too?

JoAnna  Swanson



On April 20, 2013, friends and family will be honoring the memory of Terry Stamey by hosting a benefit bass fishing tournament at Lake Chatuge.

This tournament will be conducted in his honor in order to present two academic scholarships.  These scholarships will be presented in the amount of $1,000 to a college bound senior at Pisgah and one at Tuscola.

For those of you who did not know Terry, he was a beloved husband, father, and friend who died after a brief illness on Jan. 1, 2013.

He was a lifelong resident of Haywood County who had a deep love for his family, community, children, church, and education.  He was an avid football and wrestling referee, and a softball coach who inspired all of those around him.

Please join us as we honor his memory and contribute to the education and future of two young people.

We believe that Terry would be pleased to have his name attached to such a worthy cause.

If you would like to fish in the tournament, please contact Bryan Yates at 506-2034.

However, if you are unable to fish and would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, please let me know as well.

We aspire to have this tournament become an annual event in Terry’s memory.  Join with us as we honor such a remarkable individual who will be greatly missed!

Bryan Yates


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