Reader letters, Feb. 19

Feb 18, 2014

Thanks for dedication

To the editor:

While most of us got a day or two off last week from the snowfall, we must keep in mind that while many of us enjoyed our brief holiday, numerous individuals worked long past their usual schedules so that we could stay safe before, during and after the snow.

I would just like to say thank you to the dedicated staff in Canton who worked tirelessly to make sure the roads were salted and plowed and that the citizens experienced as minimal as possible the inconveniences of services that we often take for granted.

I heard the plow driving on my street late in the evening and was kept updated on Town services through Canton’s Facebook page.

Interim manager Jason Burrell and the staff in Canton all deserve a hearty thank you from the citizens for doing such as outstanding job during a difficult situation.”

Patrick Willis



Know them by their works

To the editor:

A recent letter writer made simplistic, but inaccurate, generalizations between Republicans and Democrats.  For example, the pro-life vs. pro-choice issue is not party specific.  I know active Democrats who are pro-life and Republicans who are pro-choice. These types of simplistic characterizations are not helpful.

It is more informative to look at what elected officials are doing so that we may know them by their actions not their words.  The letter writer spent a lot of time on the contention that Republicans are concerned about protecting the minority from the tyranny of the majority.

Let’s see what Republicans did when they became the majority in North Carolina.  The first thing we heard from the Assembly was essentially, “We now have the majority and we can do whatever we want.”  They steamrolled through bill after bill to advance their agenda – typically with little, if any, debate or any input from the minority.

As for respecting the Constitution, one of our local Republicans proposed the establishment of a state religion.  This is a clear violation of not only the U.S. Constitution, but also the N.C. Constitution.  They have also launched voter restrictions to make “one person, one vote” a more difficult concept to maintain.

What about the intrusiveness of big government?  One of the first things the Assembly did was to take away Asheville’s water.  Then they took away Charlotte’s airport.  A Republican representative inserted herself in the discussion of the merger between Waynesville and Lake Junaluska, even though neither town was in her district.

There isn’t enough room on the entire editorial page to itemize the difference between what our Republicans say and what they do.

Norman Hoffmann



Appreciated snow-removal efforts

To the editor:

I was panicked when the snow began to fall as my wife and I were out getting groceries.  Surely the roads would soon be treacherous.  We rushed home expecting the power to go out and expecting our son, who works in Maggie Valley, to be stranded overnight.

But thanks to the fine folks who manage our roads, all was well.  I’ve been impressed this winter as I’ve seen the roads become slippery more than a few times, to only moments later be attacked by those hardworking men and women who brave the cold and dangerous conditions to make life safer for all of us.

Color me impressed.  I want to thank you all.  I want to thank the linemen who kept the lines clear and the power on, which in turn kept my feet warm.  Thank you.

Cash Wilson