Reader letters, Jan 14

Jan 13, 2013

Federal law must be obeyed

To the editor:

The Tea Party is calling on North Carolina legislators to do everything in their power, and even something that’s not, to obstruct Obamacare.

While the House and Senate met in Raleigh on Wednesday, several dozen tea people rallied outside to demand that North Carolina simply “nullify” the federal law.

This goes beyond ordinary politics. It’s venomous. It reeks of spite and hatred against the multitudes, in North Carolina and across the nation, who can’t get health insurance because they are too poor, too sick, or unemployed. If there were Medicare recipients in that angry crowd, their shamelessness was astonishing.

By coincidence, the rally occurred on the same day as Americans learned of a growing gap between our life expectancy and that of the people of Canada and other developed nations.

The report, from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, said that deaths of people under 50 are major reasons for the disparity, especially among males.

They are the ones most in need of Obamacare and the Medicaid expansion that North Carolina’s reactionaries are determined to reject.

As for “nullification,” the idea that a state can decide which federal laws to obey, it is nonsense that was discredited even before the Civil War and supposedly put to rest forever at Appomattox.

It last cropped up in the 1950s in the form of “interposition” resolutions declaring the U.S. Supreme Court desegregation decisions to be null and void. Consider how well that worked.

In Florida, the resolution passed in a form that Gov. LeRoy Collins could not veto. Nonetheless, he wrote his objections across the face of it, remarking that if it were to be taken seriously, “it is anarchy and rebellion against the nation. . .”

It still is.

Martin A. Dyckman



Epiphany is welcomed

To the editor:

I’d like to congratulate the Mountaineer General Manager, Jeff Shumacher.

As Jeff himself explained when he recently returned to the Mountaineer after an absence involving a move from Haywood County, he experienced an epiphany in his life.

The epiphany consisted of a heightened spiritual awareness and a deep gratitude to God for all the good things in his life.

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, gratitude to the Creator always is a proper and enriching emotion to feel.

Jeff has expressed these feelings in several editorials and has shown a deep

appreciation of his “new” Christianity.  This same appreciation, of course, can be expressed by a Jewish person, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Moslem or someone of any other religion.

Jesus, Himself, advised not to hide one’s light under a bushel. Jeff’s new ‘light” is shining brightly and he is standing for what he believes. Let us all take an example from him and stand for what we believe.

JoAnna Swanson