Reader letters July 9

Jul 08, 2014

Be considerate in where to park

To the editor:

People of Canton or elsewhere, when you attend the Canton get together of the 5th of July, don’t park in open business parking lots. It’s really easy to park somewhere else in town. You may have to walk a few.

Janet Pressley



JLF education ideas are off-base

To the editor:

I cannot agree with John Locke Foundation President John Hood that the North Carolina governor and state legislature is correct that they are promoting growth and opportunity by improving public education and infrastructure.

The state cannot improve education by cutting funding for public schools and promoting charter schools.  They are destroying the schools for which North Carolina has worked for over 50 years.

The justification our founding fathers gave for education was an informed citizenry who would be able to be knowledgeable voters

Thomas Jefferson said: “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight. It is therefore imperative that the nation see to it that a suitable education be provided for all its citizens.”

If we believe this and if we wish our republic to function at a high level, public schools are the foundation.  To keep this trust, we are obligated to provide the best education for our children in public schools.  We cannot provide this capability by cutting funding and establishing charter schools.

Doris Hammett



Follow the rules

To the editor:

As a sometime baseball fan, I was amazed to see that celebrating a Canton boys championship took second place to your publishing an editorial rant regarding a perceived wrong concerning an American Legion Post in the Sports Section of July 4. Congratulations to the D5 winners.

As to the editorial rant, allow me some observations:

As we all know, there is no crying in baseball. Apparently, that escapes your commentator. Based upon his diatribe, we don’t cry: we sob, we whine, we plead ignorance of the rules and mastery of the English language (amply displayed by the lack of grammar evidenced in the article), we claim victimhood, we vow vengeance, we call names, and despicably use the names of minors to evoke sympathy for our cause. And you published that. Question for the sergeant: If you are in charge, why don’t you know the rules? That’s part of your job.

Question for the Mountaineer staff: How on earth did you agree to publish the names of minor children in an op ed?

Further, your copywriters allowed profanity and thinly disguised threats  to be presented as fact. One presumes that your staff contacted the sources who were quoted to solicit their actual quotations, to affirm their statements. It would be very helpful if that information was available.

Personally, it is abundantly clear that the cheating bully who wrote the article should not be allowed near impressionable children.

Robert I. Recker Jr.

Colonel USAFR (ret)

Travelers Rest, South Carolina


Dragoons denied playoff spot

To the editor:

Normally I will not respond to an article written in the news, but the column written by The Mountaineer sports editor included my friends and myself and was somewhat distorted.

The American Legion is made up of veterans with war time eligibility and support many youth programs of which one is American Legion Baseball.

The local American Legion Post, Haywood Post 47, dropped baseball around 1952 and did not return until the 2013 season.

We felt this was a great opportunity to support the youth of Haywood County that loved the sport of baseball.

Now all sports have many rules and regulations that we must follow to participate. Our senior team (the Dragoons) for the second time in as many years, was ruled ineligible for a playoff spot for a rule infraction. Last year we were lucky and got into the playoffs as another team canceled out.

This year, we were not so lucky as we were ruled ineligible, period.

Let me briefly state what transpired.

The national rule book has an option rule that allows the player the option of playing for the team nearest the high school he attends or playing for the team nearest the parent’s domicile. The North Carolina rule book only allows the latter. We broke the rule.

I was called upon to see what could be done, if anything, in the American Legion channels to stop the possibility of an elimination of a super year of play. I called upon friends in high places and they got involved, but when all the cards were on the table, the fact remained that a rule was broken.

Now the sports editor got mad and a lot of harsh words were spoken to and about the very people what had spent a lot of time trying to help in some way to get relief so the Haywood tem could continue to play ball.

Rule books? Second year in play and did not know there was a rule book? Someone needs to attend meetings.

A lot of teams in North Carolina only have about a mile radius to recruit from. Our Haywood team has from here to Murphy, so we ask, what is our problem?

Why do we need to go into Georgia to recruit? We are only allowed 18 players when playoffs start, so if we cannot find these 18 within a reasonable distance, then we need to get out of baseball.

We have a find, dedicated coaching staff, and we have the talent to win ball games as was proven this past weekend when our junior team won the Area IV playoffs with only their first year of playing Legion ball.

Let’s stop making excuses, learn the rules, let the coaches coach, spectators watch and the young people enjoy the game of baseball.

Roy Pressley, PDC, PDA

Tar Heel Boys State Director

Baseball gatekeeper