Reader letters, Dec. 10

Dec 08, 2012

Beware of this scam

To the editor:

One of our (church’s) senior adults called, and we need to be aware and warn others.

She was actually trying to dial the police department, but gave me permission to share this information with you, her deacon, and the staff as well as warn other seniors to not give out information or make appointments.

She has received numerous calls from someone wanting to come to her house to deliver her winning car and money.  They have her address and personal information already.

She is afraid since she knows it is not real.  She has notified the police.

Myra Steadman



Surrounded by genorosity

To the editor:

I cannot say enough for the communities of Waynesville and Maggie Valley.

Maple Grove United Methodist Church on Russ Avenue recently put on two holiday bazaars:  one in October and one just recently on Dec. 1.  It was only the outpouring of support from both Waynesville and Maggie Valley that made our success possible.

When I distributed fliers to businesses throughout both communities, I was never turned down.  I was always told to tape that flier to our door — without any hesitation on the part of the owners and employees of the businesses.

Maple Grove would also like to thank The Newcomers of Haywood County who helped us for nine months in providing teachers for our classes and crafters as well.  They put in hours of volunteer work to support our church.

Haywood County is greatly blessed to have many wonderful Christian people who support our churches and the people in them.  Our beautiful churches with their white steeples dot these mountains and add to the splendor that God has created.  This is truly God’s country, and you are truly God’s people.

I am proud to be a Christian among all of you Christians in Haywood County.  Again, please accept our deep gratitude for supporting us.  May God bless you and yours with a wonderful Christmas celebration and with health and happiness in the new year.  And may God bless Haywood County with renewed growth and prosperity!

Please visit us at Maple Grove and join our loving, welcoming family of worshipers.

Valerie Hunziker and Maple Grove congregation



THS/PHS rivalry is legendary

To the editor,

USA Today is running a contest on the greatest high school football rivalry in the United States.  The Tuscola-Pisgah rivalry is in the running and deserves serious consideration.  Consider the fact that the record is 26-22-1 currently in favor of Tuscola High School.  The annual football game has been featured by the US Marine Corps National Rivalry Series the last two years and the game has not disappointed.

Two years ago the game was touted as “One for the ages”  in The Mountaineer.  Instead of kicking an extra point for the tie Pisgah elected to go for two to win the game.  The two point conversion was stopped with 7.9 seconds left and Tuscola won.  This year was equally dramatic.  In overtime Tuscola scored a field goal, but Pisgah’s field goal try went wide left resulting in another classic Tuscola win.

Classic football games with dramatic finishes are not the only reason the Tuscola-Pisgah rivalry should be chosen as a national winner.  The friendly rivalry extends to a number of service projects.  Each year Pisgah and Tuscola compete to see who can bring in the most canned goods for the hungry in Haywood County.   Thousands of cans of food are donated to local charities like the Open Door and the hungry in Haywood County are the real winners.

When the chips are down the rivalry becomes cross town teamwork.  Two years ago one of the Tuscola football players lost his mother when she was tragically killed.  The Pisgah football team, in an act of real class, stepped forward and joined with the Tuscola football team to start a scholarship fund for the affected student.

On the field and off the field, the Tuscola-Pisgah football rivalry stands out.  Fierce competition is balanced with intense compassion.  This rivalry should be highlighted as an example across this nation of what can be accomplished on the fields of friendly strife.  Please pass this along and  go online to and vote for the Tuscola-Pisgah rivalry.

Steve Barchie

Tuscola math teacher


Confederate battle flag

To the editor:

The United States is a nation of hyphenated Americans: Native-Americans, German-Americans, African-Americans, Confederate-Americans, and so on, and damned-Yankees.

Yankees are of two varieties: the unhyphenated variety is merely people whose ancestors include New Englanders; the hyphenated variety is people who possess a certain character, or maybe they are possessed by that certain character. It is part of their character to think they are the only true Americans and they demand that the rest of us treat them like they are the only true Americans.

To wit: “The Confederate battle flag cannot be displayed on any county property in Haywood County.”

That is the essence of an ordinance proposed for Haywood County by County Attorney Chip Killian. Killian’s proposal is in response to a single complaint by a foreigner (a damned-Yankee) about the way our community honors our ancestors.

The Confederate battle flag served as a guide-on to our Confederate soldiers through the smoke of hundreds of battles. Almost all of those battles were fought on Southern soil to repel barbarian invaders from the North; though Richmond fell, though the barbarians won, there is no more appropriate way to honor our heroes than to mark their graves and their memorials with the flag that guided them through those battles. In Haywood County, a whole community of people do this, in contrast to one single complainer who thinks he and his kind are the only true Americans, and would force the rest of us to pay homage to that idea.

No county commissioner who would consider such an ordinance, is representative of me or mine.

George Crockett

Seventh-generationn Haywood County native