Reader letters, Dec. 14

Dec 13, 2012

Fly U.S. flag

To the editor:

After reading the latest salvo in the war about the Confederate flag, a Dec. 10 letter vilifying Yankees, I can no longer sit on the sidelines.

I was born and raised in South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union in the War Between the States.

My ancestors settled in the Piedmont of the Carolinas in the 1700s, and all able-bodied males fought for the South during the War.  My older sister has relayed first-hand stories from survivors of the War about hiding the silver from the Yankees during the invasion.  My mama used to joke that she was 15 years old before she knew that “damned Yankee” was two words.

However, my family got over it.  The letter writer claims that the county’s work to find a solution to the Confederate flag dilemma was in response to a “single complaint by a foreigner.”

I beg to differ since I was one of those who signed a petition against display of the Confederate flag on county property last summer, and I am certainly not a “damned Yankee.”  My reasons for signing are that the flag is divisive to our great country and hurtful to those whose ancestors were enslaved in the South.   My gut tells me that we would not be having this problem if John McCain had won the White House in 2008 instead of a black man.

We need to be pulling together to solve our problems instead of spending so much time and energy on reasons to be pulling apart.  This is especially true during this Christmas season.  The paper is full of stories about families in need of food and warmth.

I am married to a wonderful man from Massachusetts.  We proudly display the great flag of the United States of America at our house.

Carole Carson Larivee

White Oak


Reconsider practice of chaining dogs

To the editor:

This is an “open” letter to our county commissioners:  Commissioners, you are very fine men and honest, and I believe you are doing your utmost to help Haywood County.

But, there is an item which sorely needs your attention —  the cruel chaining of dogs.  There needs to be a strong law against such cruel behavior.  Animals, after all, are simply God’s “younger children,” and need to be treated with kindness and respect.

Animals are not born vicious.  If a dog is so vicious that it needs to be chained, it is because its owner has taught it to be vicious. Instead of chaining, what would be beneficial to all is to have a “re-training” center where the dog is re-trained and the owner is counselled.

A chained animal is at the mercy of hunger, thirst, storms and other animals.  Would you chain a child simply because it doesn’t understand how to be good and is naughty?

It is most unfortunate that Haywood County is so behind other places in its’ collective attitude toward animals. Fortunately, the people moving here from other places seem to have a more gentle and enlightened attitude, so maybe things will change.

But, commissioners, it needs your help.  Please consider a strong law against the chaining of any animal.  Thank you.

JoAnna and Richard Swanson



Let God’s justice triumph

To the editor:

Back in the ‘60s, I was chairman of the Greater New York Committee of Morality In Media, an anti-pornography organization founded by Rev. Morton A. Hill and supported by President Ronald Reagan.

I arranged for Billy Graham to receive our award at Madison Square Garden for his contribution to truth, taste, inspiration and love in the media, values which are sadly lacking in today’s world.

Before his 94th birthday, the Rev. Graham expressed his support for the return of Biblical principles into our society. Years ago, he called for the Ten Commandments to be posted in every classroom.

At age 90, I heartily agree. Don’t brush us aside so easily young people. We are still a force to be reckoned with. Remember that old age will hit you sooner than you think.

God and His Commandments are being attacked on every side, efforts being made to remove God from the Pledge of Allegiance, the Boy Scout oath, prayers in schools, from public displays of crèches, displays of the Ten Commandments in public places and “In God We Trust” on our currency. Recently in McDowell County, a young girl was told she could not use the word “God” in the poem she was to read at the Veteran’s Day program.

Several years ago an atheist, together with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), tried to take the Commandments out of the Haywood County Courthouse in Waynesville, but failed due to the action of Judge Lacy Thornburg, who kept turning down their appeals. These Commandments are engraved in the United States Supreme Court. Hey ACLU, why don’t you sue the United States Supreme Court, too?

Our forefathers and their intentions are being completely ignored in this “progressive” society, which has strayed from those principles. Our country is faced with a rotting morality, the stench of which has permeated every area of our culture.

This last election has pushed us down further into the pit of moral degeneracy but there is hope that in the end God’s justice will triumph.

Diana Ronald-Szabo



Help needy seniors

To the editor:

Right now most of us are mired in Christmas shopping; and it has become a chore wondering what to get that the receiver would like.

What if you could go on a shopping trip that wouldn’t cost you much money and you knew that that person would be delighted to get what you bought? You can!

The Senior Resource Center has boxes to be filled with small things to give needy seniors.

Last night I went on such a trip and I felt as though I dipped into what Christmas is all about. Small things- shampoo, toothpaste, cookies, socks- will make Christmas for some needy seniors.

I got back more than I gave in the pleasure of giving. If you want to feel this Christmas spirit, call the Senior Resource Center at 452-2370 to see how you can help.

I promise you that it will be the most delightful shopping trip of the season.

Chistine Sievers