Reader letters, Jan. 28

Jan 27, 2013

Thanks, Haywood

To the editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the kind folks of Haywood County. On Tuesday, Jan. 8th we buried my mother in law, Mildred Gibson Yates.

We drive from Asheville to Waynesville, Green Hill Cemetery. The funeral procession was met on the county line by Haywood County law enforcement. They escorted us to the Hazelwood exit, where other Haywood County officers took over.

Several officers were at various intersections along the way and stood out on the road to guide us all safely to the cemetery. That was very impressive and thoughtful!

The citizens pulled over out of respect, but one of the most touching moments was a city worker standing in the back of his work truck stopped working and bowed to the family.

We could not believe just how thoughtful this man was. We waved a thank you to the man, and went on to the cemetery.

It has been many years since we witnessed this kind of respect for the deceased and their families. Thanks to all of these kind folks. It really meant so much to my husband and his family. Haywood County is the best.

Terri Dale Yates



Who is Bill Wilkie?

To the editor:

Mr. Wilkie, you sure have away of confusing people.

Evidently, now you have confused yourself. Do you really think that all the people in Haywood County will be naive enough to fall for your latest ploy?

Obviously, Lt. Commander thing must not be going well with the APD, with all that is going on. So maybe you are contributing to the problems there.

As a Democrat, who is not ashamed or afraid to claim and work with the party, I’m insulted as other Democrat friends of mine, that you would have the audacity to attempt to come out on our Democrat Party’s ticket.

So, back to the original question. Who is Bill Wilkie? A Republican, an Independent — forbid a Tea Party person. Now, you dare to claim to be a Democrat. Don’t even say a nonpartisan. It seems you have become very desparte at this point.

At this time, I would also like to make another point to whoever takes this position. The men and women who work at this institution are unable to say much because they have the threat they could lose there jobs.

So, I will say this, the country and economy are not the best at this time. While everyone will not like you or me, they still have to make a living. In two years there will be another election, so remember people who will elect you then, will remember how you have done these men and women who are just trying to make a living.

Dan Best



Twisted logic on guns

To the editor:

I have issues with your recent correspondent advocating a different perspective on guns.

He does not say if he is a member of the National Rifle Association, but they will no doubt be proud of his twisted logic that the twenty children and six adults murdered at Sandy Hook are just “part of the cost of defending freedom.”

This statement is an insult to the memory of these children and teachers and to their families. This is a crass, ignorant and revolting statement.

Yes, children are killed in car accidents and by other means, but to equate those occurrences with the premeditated, cold bloodied murder at Sandy Hook is disgusting.

His statistics on the number of people killed by rifles is possibly incorrect and certainly disingenuous.

These murders should be considered in the larger context of the many thousands of people killed every year in this country by people wielding guns of one sort or another and so his argument about hammers is irrelevant.

You can’t kill 26 people with a hammer in the time it took to kill these people.

I suspect that the writer is a staunch proponent of the right to own guns of every description, but don’t our children have the right to expect a safe environment when they attend school?

I have lived in five other countries where guns require permits or licenses and have felt just as free as in this country. The gun murder percentage rates were a fraction of the murder rates here and there was little need to buy a gun to defend yourself, as so few people owned guns to assault you with.

Licenses or permits are required for countless reasons here, everything from driving a car, getting married, owning a business or practicing a profession to name just a few. Is it such a problem to require some regulation to control instruments that can and are used to kill many people in a minute or two?

Many of these guns are thinly disguised military weapons designed for maximum killing capability, frequently at close quarters. There seems little need to own this type of weapon.

Obviously, the question of gun control is complex, in part due to the incredible number of guns now in circulation and owned by individuals.

Gun ownership is encouraged by the gun manufacturing industry and of course the NRA.

Surely this country can do better than the sentiment expressed by your correspondent next time a mass shooting occurs, just shrug and say, “Well, it is just the cost of defending freedom.”

Robin Cortvriend


Thanks for taking a stand

To the editor,

Thank you so much for standing up for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during the Christmas season.  I hope you will continue every time you get a chance.

Thank you.

Audrey Arwood


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