Reader letters, April 24

Apr 23, 2013

Learn about Parkinson’s

To the editor:

This April, I urge our neighbors to take part in Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Nearly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s and many of them, including me, are living right here in Haywood County.

There is currently no cure for this debilitating disease.  I have been living with Parkinson’s Disease for over 11 years and during that time there have been many discoveries and breakthroughs that take us steps closer to a cure.

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month, so let’s be aware, make a difference, and help expedite finding a cure by donating to any Parkinson’s Disease research association or foundation.

You can make a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s Disease!

Jan Chicoine



Charter school effort should concern all

To the editor:

The information concerning steps being taken to establish Haywood County’s  first charter school should be a concern for all the parents in the county.

The planning committee for the charter school states: “ A charter school is a public school that receives public money but is given more flexibility and local control over operations than a traditional public school.”

Charter schools are bound by the same state statutes and standardized testing requirements as the traditional public school. The members of the planning committee want their children and others in the community to have more options for education.

My position is that the parents of the local public schools have the ability to determine the flexibility of the curriculum and determine the local control of their schools.

The school board is determined by the electorate and the statutes the electorate of the county have made. A charter school will take money from the public schools, decreasing what our schools are able to do.

If the committee involved in establishing the new school would use their interest, energy, leadership and money working to make our present schools the best in the state and nation, their children and all our children would benefit.

Doris B. Hammett, MD



Thanks for story on Inspiration Point

To the editor:

I want to express my sincere gratitude for the exceptional article in The Mountaineer on the history of Inspiration Point.

The article was beautifully written and then to be placed in such a prominent place in the paper made it truly an impressive piece.

Everyone has been lavish in praise and the article introduced Inspiration Point to many who did not know of its existence.

The article has given Inspiration Point its rightful place in the history of Lake Junaluska and Haywood County.

I cold not be more pleased.

Hattie B. Polk


Inspiration Point


Article brought back memories

To the editor:

I read your Camp Hope article in Wednesday’s edition and the sentence about Ronnie Milsap caught my eye.

I attended Camp Hope for week-long stays for a couple summers in the mid-60s, and  and in one of the years, I remember a boy, two or three years older than I was.

He was blind, had dark hair and could really play the piano and sing. I’ve wondered a few times if that was he. I don’t know if I remember that he was from Robbinsville or that’s something my mind has attached to the memory.

Your article about it being rumored that he was there reinforces my belief that he was the boy I remember.

I’ve thought about writing him about it but never have.


Steve Gray, president

The Sylva Herald


Thanks for coverage

To the editor:

Wow!  Great article on our Haywood Christian Ministry food pantry. Kudos to you and Caroline for a well-written article with very appropriate accompanying statistics on hunger in Haywood County.  The article should help a great deal.  I’ll keep track of the donations that come in and let you know.  Thanks again.

Rusty Wallace

Haywood Christian Ministry