Reader letters June 10

Jun 07, 2013

Barren lawn will deter visitors

To the editor:

I have recently returned to our lovely mountain home in Haywood County and viewed the shocking, barren courthouse lawn.

It brought tears to my eyes. When I inquired as to why the maples were gone, I was told, “The grass would not grow under their large canopies” and “a branch was diseased.”

In my hometown, we have laws to protect trees over a certain size from being cut down. We also have regular inspections and treatment to these trees to stop disease.

Was any preventive maintenance done to protect these landmarks? We will miss sitting under their shade during the Folkmoot, street dances and festivals. Where can we go to be protected from the summer heat?

I imagine that the county commissioners will erect tents, have them painted green and then smile.

My relatives and friends come here to get away from concrete, asphalt and the heat of metropolitan cities.

It takes more than just great shops to entice a vacationer to stop in our community, it’s the trees in the fall with their beautiful colors, children jumping in their piles of leaves, and our seniors gathering in their shade on a summer day.

Now, the invitation to “stop, stay awhile” is severely damaged. The short sightedness that our county commissioners have displayed will be realized as our visitors choose to spend their time and money in adjacent counties that still have this mountain ambiance.

The countycommissioners responsible for this should be held accountable at the polls.

M. Whiddon



Don’t raise taxes

To the editor:

The raising of any and all taxes has to stop immediately.

We have income, State income, property, telephone, sales, gas, cigarette, liquor, social security, hotel, license plate, and many, many more hidden taxes.

We live in an economy where businesses close daily. People cannot spend the money they used to spend.

Tourism is down. Our grocery bills are much, much higher than when I moved here six years ago.

The generation following us is much smaller than ours.

More school security is a good thing.  However, raising taxes is not the way to achieve this.

We must do away with something else to obtain the money. How about sports? How about the fancy cafeteria? Think what is spent on things that do not apply to education.

Am I foolish to think that schools are where children go to get an education?  I was very well educated in an unconditioned, simple school with no amenities. My parents did the rest.

We were given one type of meal. If we didn’t eat it, then we weren’t very hungry. How about city taxes and Haywood County taxes? Do we really need our, yes, money spent on things like awards to new businesses to open?

I am told, “Well, we can’t do that because that money can only be used on certain frivolous things.”

Then change the system; change the law.

At my house, if we need something new, we have to give up something else. We are in a serious decline. It is only going to get worse.

The state is raising taxes. The U.S. government is raising taxes for Obamacare and hitting Internet businesses.

Life, as we know it, is about to be destroyed. I love this country. I am very, very sad.

Alix Moro

Maggie Valley


Numbers appear inflated

To the editor:

The recent estimate of $280,000 for background checks appears to be inflated in reference to House Bill 392.

This common sense bill mandates that if you are a wanted felon, you do not collect $200, you go to jail.

It sounds like more bureaucratic numbers for something we need verses a personal opinion and inflated numbers.

We have a Sheriff’s office that conducts NCIC checks free of charge by simply making a telephone call. This procedure takes about 3 to 5 minutes. The reference to additional significant administrative responsibilities that would require staff to hand out agreement forms, really to just hand someone a form.

What other numbers have  been inflated to scare and raise our taxes?

James Nolan


Editor’s note:The social service departments in the state cannot access the NCIC system and would need to pay a private company, just as many nonprofit and public entities now do, to get the required information. There are about 8,000 adults on Medicaid and background checks cost about $35 each.


Let Maggie grow up

To the editor:

I read with interest the article regarding moving forward in Maggie. It’s a very good idea, but I can’t help thinking as I’ve heard many others say, “it will never happen. Nothing changes here. It’s stuck in the past.”

Isn’t it time to get rid of that ugly outfit on Miss Maggie (yes, I am referring to that awful red, green and yellow number) and put a little sophistication in the poor girl.

I love Maggie Valley and have for 40 years. We have the most beautiful scenery here, but that’s it. The tired looking buildings and shops that looked good 20 or more years ago are tacky now with no sigh of updating or care.

I am sick of people visiting and going on about how they love downtown Waynesville. I agree it is very charming there, but just imagine if we had a decent downtown to anchor the valley with its beautiful views.

That is where the sophistication comes in. Enough with all the little country restaurants and shops. There are plenty of thoses. How about a cozy and chic “Colorado style” Fondue Resaturant?

Maggie’s Galley would have been a wonderful addition to Maggie. Our downtown could include charming coffee shops with pastry/bakeries, places to walk and park, outdoor cafes and more.

Maggie needs a “facelift” bad. Whose idea was it to put a bathroom at Maggie’s front door? Wouldn’t a great gazebo that could have held a studding Christmas tree, attractive landscaping along with seating or tables been a lot better.

If this town is to be saved we need to change Maggie’s image which is very shabby right now. We need to make the town as beautiful as the scenery.

Angie Henry

Maggie Valley

Comments (1)
Posted by: Bruce and Carole Larivee | Jun 08, 2013 11:03

Thank you for inserting facts into the opinion stated in the “Numbers Appear Inflated“ letter today about unanticipated costs to DSS because of unfunded mandates in new state legislation.  Too many times these rants spewing inaccurate information go unchallenged, misleading your readers.

Carole Larivee

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