Reader letters, June 11
Bear-killing is inexcusable
To the editor:
It is with absolute dismay that I heard about the mother bear being shot and killed on a beautiful spring morning in Maggie Valley this past week. The more I heard of the details, the worse I felt.
Of course, she was trying to obtain food — for herself and her three cubs; surviving. Not only was the bear senselessly shot and killed, but with a shotgun, which made her death pitifully long, slow and needlessly painful. Now the mother bear is dead and one small cub also.
Those of us who live in these beautiful mountains enjoy nature in so many ways. We have lives blessed by natural beauty during all seasons and especially by wildlife. Will this man be killing other animals, with no consequences, just because he can?
Why did he not call for help from wildlife personnel? Or why not just go back inside and stay long enough to give the mother bear and her cubs a chance to go away? Why go out three times, shooting to kill — not scare away — then try to justify killing the bear?
And it is shameful to have called someone to come get the dead mother bear and just leave the babies up the tree. Brutal killing is not the answer.
Abundant wildlife is part of the reason our mountains are so special. I am thankful for the individuals who worked so hard to rescue the cubs that were saved.
It seems like that is the only good thing to come out of the whole awful mess. We should all treat animals with respect or expect serious consequences.
Shelly J. Coker
Regressive legislation must be reversed
To the editor:
I wish to add my voice to those traveling to Raleigh on Moral Mondays — from here and all across the state — demanding reversal of the regressive and hurtful laws passed last year by the General Assembly.
This body of legislation has for the most part been written by out-of-state lawyers and lobbyists representing large corporations and the moneyed few, operating behind the scenes through ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) and distributed to state legislators throughout the country.
Unfortunately for the well-being of our citizens, our representatives seem to have swallowed the package — hook, line, and sinker — causing us in just a year or two to drop to the bottom of the heap in most all measures of human security and well-being.
If our legislators would listen to the needs of their constituents and repeal these laws, here are some of the ground we could recover:
*Accepting federal funds (at no cost to us) for Medicaid expansion would save 2800 lives a year and create many jobs in the healthcare industry.
*Reversing tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations would allow rehiring 4500 fired teacher assistants, give all teachers a 2 percent raise, and provide much-needed textbooks.
*Restoring the earned income tax credit would benefit 900,000 workers, 1.2 million children, and pump $108 million into the state’s economy.
*Repeal of the unconstitutional school voucher plan would free up $11 million that could fund 2,200 prekindergarten slots or hundreds of teaching positions — thus helping to slow the flow of teacher jobs to recruiters coming here from Houston and elsewhere.
*Restoring the harshest-in-the-nation unemployment insurance cuts would help the 170,000 who have lost these benefits by adding $50 per week to their family budgets.
*Reversing cuts to environmental protection would make possible much-needed clean-up of hazardous spills, and regulation of landfills, garbage trucks, and groundwater pollution.
Let’s demand that our legislators listen now to the voices of reason, compassion, and morality. If they refuse, they for sure will have to listen to the angry and fed-up voices of voters in November.
Standing up for the Haywood GOP
To the editor:
I am a 55-year-old native of Haywood County, Republican from the time I turned 18. I am writing this in response to all the negative articles written about the Haywood GOP.
In my humble opinion, the people hurting the Haywood GOP are not the hard-working volunteer precinct chairs who give of their time so freely to fight against high taxes, over spending, over regulation, the massive county debt and the job killing ideals of our government leaders and tax-gouging bureaucrats.
These proud patriots are working with one goal in mind — to save Haywood County for our children and grandchildren and not leave them overburdened with debt and regulation.
Haywood GOP has some problems, but as for me, I am proud to call these people my friends and brothers.
The people accused of being trouble makers or activists, well they are the backbone of the Republican party, the tireless volunteers who are out working for your rights and freedoms every day, and working to get honest conservative candidates elected to govern our great county like the three candidates running for election on the Republican ticket this year.
They are Denny King for Haywood County commissioner, the most honest and hard-working person I know; Phillip Wight for Haywood County commissioner, a champion for liberty and Michael Mathews for Haywood County tax collector, the best man I know for the job.
And let us not forget we have four liberal tax and spend incumbents that must be replaced this year.
In addition to the three named above, Windy McKinney is also running for Haywood County commissioner on the Libertarian party ticket.
May God Bless America, and get out and support our candidates. Only you can save Haywood County.