Reader letters, Dec. 13

Dec 12, 2013

Don’t forget to spay or neuter your pet

To the editor:

I am in complete agreement with the editorial “Do your part for the Animals but don’t Overdo It”.  I say But with a capital B for failing to mention that widespread spaying and neutering of pets is the most effective way of addressing this issue for hoarders as well as the general public.

Haywood County is blessed with a variety of options which make it easy for everyone, regardless of income to have their pets altered. All the county vets are in the phone book. Haywood Spay/Neuter is the County’s low-cost (often $10 or less) spay/neuter program.

All adoption groups and the county shelter require adopted pets to be fixed. Adopters and rescuers should insist on fixed pets or fix as soon as they rescue animals.

Penny Wallace


Congratulations Bethel Demons

To the editor:

I would like to share the pride I feel toward the staff, families, and students at Bethel Middle School. At the beginning of the school year they lacked enough players to form a team. The word went out and the kids came.

Some of these young adults had never participated in an organized sport before. I know it’s normally considered a winning season when your team has more wins then losses, but there are other ways to become winners.

Through the hard work of the players, coaches, parents, cheerleaders, and managers these Bethel Blue Demons became a team to be proud of. They had great team spirit, sportsmanship, and learned some new life skills. Congratulations Bethel.

Gail Smathers



Christianity needs equal time

To the editor,

I became concerned when I learned that “The Festivals of Light Show from the Center for Cultural Diversity” in Asheville would be allowed to come to Bethel Middle School to present these programs on religions, one of which is Islam.

Muslims teach that Abraham, Moses, and Sarah were all Muslims and that Jesus was not the Son of God and did not die on the cross (Surah 2:116, Surah 4: 157-158.)

Ayatollah Khomeini said in 1979, “We will export our revelation throughout the world…. until the calls “there is no God but Allah and Mohammad is the messenger of Allah” are echoed all over the world.”

I attended the trial where the case was tried to remove the Ten Commandments from the Court House wall. I attended the meeting and spoke to the issue of praying in Jesus’ name at the Haywood County Commissioners meeting.

We have heard of prayer being discouraged at public meetings and sports events. Now we see the religion of Islam beginning to skip in under the guise of “cultural diversity.”

I would encourage all concerned people to protest strongly to the Haywood County school board and to the superintendent of Haywood County Schools. I also would encourage parents to have their children opt out of this class on Dec. 17, 2013.

Pastor Roy Kilby



Comments (2)
Posted by: Penny R Wallace | Dec 13, 2013 06:08

Judge not, that ye be not judged. Pastor Kilby. The road to peace is built with bridges of getting to know and understanding those outside your social comfort zone. Teaching this to children is important.  It paves the path of peace between us.  

Posted by: Scott Lilly | Dec 13, 2013 15:38

Pastor Kilby, it might surprise you that a very prominent, respected, and large Protestant church invited a Muslim to a program to speak about what Islam really is.  The woman was educated, respectful, and courageous to come to a Christian forum in a Christian church to tell of her faith.  We all found it to be interesting -- even if not relevant to our faith.  It also helps me understand what Islam is versus "radical Islam" so that I can join with other Muslims in condemning acts of violence.


Have no fear.  The last time I checked, there is the same number of Mosques in Bethel today as there were in the previous generation.  Jesus will be safe in Bethel for a long time to come.  It might comfort you to know an interesting statistic: I remember learning about Islam in my 7th grade Social Studies class at Valley Springs -- the old Valley Springs in Arden.  And today I'm raising three children -- all of whom can recite John 3:16 very well.  (Even my Kindergartener.)

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