Reader letters — Aug. 25
Tax money should not go to business
I understand the importance of the Canton mill to our part of the world.
Between Champion/Blue Ridge and Evergreen, I spent 24 years of my life selling the products. I was a fourth generation employee and was well paid for my efforts.
However, to give tax dollars to a profitable corporation owned by a New Zealand citizen is just plain wrong.
Did our politicians bother to do their due diligence? Did anyone look at the financials of the holding company, Reynolds Packaging Holdings? Did any one look into the wealth of the owner, Mr. Hart? New Zealand’s richest ?
Something north of $5 billion? I have no sympathy for an individual who lives in a $10 million home and floats around the Pacific in his 100 meter, $100 million yacht. If he wants the mill to be part of his cash cow herd of companies, let him write the check to keep his operation going.
Google the New Zealand Herald and you can read all about him.
Once again our politicians are giving away our hard earned money under the veiled threat of lost jobs — I think you can call that extortion.
Oh, by the way did our politicians know the company is for sale? Hart has already unloaded his Carter Holt Harvey paper operations to the Japanese. His aseptic packaging company SIG is on the block as well.
It appears Hart is cashing in and moving on aided by our tax dollars and spineless incompetent elected officials.
There is a higher and better use of taxpayer funds. How about $12 million to teacher salaries? How about $12 million to Medicaid? How about 12 million to scholarships to our children?
If you know anything about the paper industry you would know the segments that EPI participates in is a double digit annual declining business. Hart knows this-he has made his money and he is moving on.
The point — can we get rid of all the current crop of political hacks and elect people that represent us all in a competent frugal way? Sadly, probably not.
Americans need to re-evaluate their priorities
You know what really makes my bacon grease pop out of the frying pan and splatter all over the stovetop?
It’s when I pick up the sports page or turn TV on to the sports news and learn about some potential professional athlete turning down a five-year contract offer of $50 million. Is that kind of hard for you guys to believe, too? Fifty million to pop a puck, bounce a ball or to toss part of a pig or run with it really fast and crooked like.
Whatever “games” these athletes play, it seems like they’re always turning down these amounts of money that I don’t even know how to count. What is that? You know what I think? I believe we make it possible for them to do that.
Seems like we’re the ones who fill the stands every week to see these “games” and pay those gosh-awful ticket prices. Seems like we’re the ones who buy all the bright colored T-shirts and sweats at twice or three times the price of ordinary shirts and sweats.
Seems like we’re the ones who buy the products, in volume, put out by the multitude of sponsors.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love sports. I even played most of them. I still play some of them. But you know what? There’s something bad wrong here. Let me ask you to put your imaginations to work for just a moment. I’ll provide the scenario.
Suppose you could buy two tickets for $5 to go see a young, brilliant research chemist looking through a microscope at a little floating organism doing a fancy behind-the-back dribble. Suppose you learned from the newspaper or TV that he had accepted a job for $75,000 a year without a “no cut” contract. And just suppose you knew that he was working to find the cure for cancer or A.I.D.S.?
Would you buy those tickets? Isn’t there something wrong with priorities here? Summarizing, we live in America. I love sports. I love my family. I love you. I love about everything that’s right. What is right? I keep thinking about it. Do you?
Register to vote in November election now
To the editor:
In the last election, we the people of North Carolina chose to elect and be governed by a mostly one party legislature and governor. Our votes, or non-votes created a mob mentality in Raleigh that will be hard to change.
To date, we have forfeited our children’s future success by eliminating teachers and classroom assistants, and we won’t be able to hire quality replacement teachers.
Now, those who can least afford them, are paying higher taxes. Now, our local governments don’t have the resources, to provide the services we expect from them.
But we still don’t want to pay taxes to support them. Public society, just like family society, is a balancing act where our corporate actions should provide for the overall common good.
Electing our legislators and governors should be providing us with a fair balance, not taking us on a train to perdition by throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Our legislators, with our permission through the voting process, are reversing civil rights, women’s rights and by reducing access to public education, leading us into ignorance and poverty.
We can demonstrate and protest all we want as each of our public services and civil rights drop off the table one by one, but change won’t happen unless we (ALL OF US) vote.
Please register now. Vote on Nov. 4. The mandatory voter ID does not go into effect until 2016. Friday, Oct. 10 is the registration deadline for the Nov. 4 general election.
For more information visit the Haywood County website www.haywoodnc.net and select the Elections button. The Elections Board phone number is 452-6633.