Reader letters, Dec. 5

Dec 04, 2012

God’s creatures

To the editor:

This is in response to “don’t glorify killing “ letter posted in your paper on Dec. 3. I don’t usually write letters but I feel like I need to help “A Waynesville resident” and any others who does not understand nature.

If you are going to use God’s name and words like glorify, please take time and read your Bible first.

An innocent child was slandered and judged. Before you do this, read Matthew 18: 2-6 and Matthew 7: 1-5. Also, God created animals for man and not to be “admired.” Genesis 9: 3-5, Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.

Do you eat meat (cow, pig, chicken) or own anything that’s leather? Those animals are caged up their entire life and then killed for food and leather. God’s creatures were made for you and my family to eat and use.

When the government fails and nothing is for free anymore, our child, thanks to his father, will survive and you will be going to bed hungry.

Annette Teague



Don’t revise history

To the editor:

It appears history is still being written and revised by the victors. I read a letter that went so far as to label the ancestors of many Haywood County residents “traitors” and that activities honoring them was disgraceful.

Treason is “the betrayal of one’s own country by waging war against it or by consciously or purposely acting to aid its enemies.”

Treason would certainly apply to men like Thomas Jefferson who chose to dissolve the union with England.

The crisis that existed between the industrial North and agricultural South culminated in 1860. Failing to have their grievances addressed, Southerners felt no choice but to dissolve the Union. Even Lincoln, as a Congressman, affirmed the right of secession: “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and to form one that suits them better.”

In 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia, not the entire Confederacy or its resources. Relations were tense after the surrender but part of the rebuilding process included honoring those who wore the grey. Monuments and memorials were built as well as state holidays enacted to perpetuate their memory. Even Congress passed a law giving Confederate soldiers equal veteran status.

The state of North Carolina in 1961 (HR Resolution 1058) does allow a flag of the Confederacy to be flown over the State Capitol on certain days as long as a US flag is flown in equal display. A Confederate flag on county property does not violate this policy as long as the same rules are applied. The state constitution does not prohibit the flying of a Confederate flag nor is it found in the policy of the State’s Historic Sites Commission.

This issue is bigger than a Confederate flag flying on county property. It is a test of our nation’s founding principles. Do we respect the right of individuals to express their views freely or do we allow censorship? County property should reflect the opinions of all citizens. Allowing the Confederate flag and other displays upholds that principle.

Kip Rollins



Applauds hunters

To the editor:

I don’t hunt or kill animals and never have.  I enjoy the creatures that visit my yard.  I have had a mother bear with two cubs spend a couple of days with us; deer and wild turkeys have come to visit.  And I buy my meat down at the supermarket.

I am an older, retired person who grew up in a different time.  We did not depend on anyone other than ourselves to take care of our families.  There is a time of trouble coming upon this nation where those who depend on the government to take care of them will be deeply disappointed because we will find that the government does not have the resources to care for its population, and we will be only a number in a database.

I applaud the people who are being self sufficient.  The father who teaches his son or daughter to hunt and fish will probably survive troubled times because they are able to take care of themselves.

Dan Thomas



Christmas angel

To the editor:

A couple of days ago I met a few friends for lunch and while there we wanted to collect money for a love gift to a special friend of ours.  I had a Christmas card and received $25.  I was keeping the money until our next get-together the following week to give others a chance to contribute.

My next stop was Belk and Walmart for some shopping.  The following day I was unable to find the card in my purse and tried to think where I could have put it.  After a while I thought I must have lost it, and I would need to replace the money.  Something told me that I should not give up so easily and decided to call Belk.

When I told my story to the gentlemen answering the phone he said, “Yes, someone found it in the parking lot and there is money in it also.”

I was so excited and also overwhelmed with the honesty of the person who found it.  Since I don’t know that  person I am hoping that he or she will get to read this and receive a big “thank you” from me.  I really appreciate your caring by taking the time to try to return it.

Nancy Geyer

Lake Junaluska


War on culture

To the editor:

After watching the national news and reading our local newspapers recently, I am in a quandry.  Do I watch too much TV, do I read too much or are we really in the midst of a war on Appalachian culture?

After reading the incredibly stupid and vitriolic letter letter to the editor regarding the culture of hunting, I am inclined to believe the latter.

To give a few current examples- I would like to attend the Possum Drop in Brasstown on New Years Eve, but, sadly, that won’t be possible. Apparently, gently lowering a well-fed, caged marsupial is the height of inhumanity.

My neighbors would like to place a small confederate flag at an official memorial for Confederate dead. Oh no, no. That is so politically incorrect.

I want to call a 10-year-old learning a lesson in self sustainability a murderer. Well, now, according to the letter-writer, that’s perfectly acceptable.

Yes, possum drops are silly, confederate flags can be offensive, and hunting can be over done. Being patronizingly self righteous is all three.

In choosing to pick on a child, you also cross a line by becoming a bully. While that may be another thing that’s perfectly acceptable where you come from, it’s not here. Not in my corner of Appalachia.

You see, in these mountains the locals are a community. We know how to sustain ourselves and stand up for each other. To paraphrase an old saying, “Appalachia — love it or leave it!”

Oh, and to the letter’s author, blah, blah, blah to you, too.

Suzi Phillips

White Oak

Suzi Phillips

White Oak