Reader letters June 7

Jun 06, 2013

Courthouse lawn could be a memorial to veterans who served the country

To the editor:

Today is Memorial Day and as I gaze upon the old Waynesville courthouse lawn where the beautiful sugar maple trees once stood, I feel the sadness from the loss of something special, another piece of my childhood gone.

The trees are gone forever, and left behind is just another blemished landscape.

Why not take this opportunity to beautify the courthouse lawn by transforming the area into a beautiful Memorial Park honoring Haywood County’s own that have served in the Armed Forces and lost their lives.

Memorials are already located on the front lawn of the historic courthouse honoring our fallen soldiers. The small trees planted recently are a welcome sight, but the front lawn’s appearance leaves much to be desired.

The barren dirt could be replaced with flowers and flowering shrubs. The cost could be offset by offering family and friends who have lost a loved one in a war the opportunity to donate funds to buy a shrub or flower and install a plaque in front of it with the soldiers name on it.

Bricks could also be bought with donations and inscribed with the soldiers name and/or who bought the brick to honor them. Bricks would certainly look better and more historic instead of the existing ugly concrete walkway.

My brother’s name is on the Vietnam Memorial since he lost his life in Vietnam at the tender age of 18. Why not transform the lobby into a museum where a face would be connected to the name and family and friends could leave remembrances of their loved ones who lost their lives while defending our country.

Future generations need to remember and honor our local soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Pay it forward, Haywood County.

Kaye Snyder



Nothing is wasted at HCM

To the editor:

I took some donations to Haywood Christian Ministries today and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they don’t waste anything.

They give to the needy, sell some, and sell the rest by the pound. I was very proud that I picked them as the charity I wanted to donate to because they help the people of Haywood County.

Keep on doing a good job, and I will bring you another truck load as soon as I collect one.

Tina Plemmons



GOP are masters of ‘bait and switch’

To the editor:

There’s a grand bait-and-switch racket operating out of the state capital at Raleigh. The perpetrators are the Republican legislators who sold themselves to the voters as conservatives who would keep taxes low.

That promise, it turns out, was intended only for the wealthy elite who bankrolled their campaigns. To keep it, everyone else’s taxes will have to be raised.

In both houses, the plot is to raise the sales tax so that the poor pay more, flatten the income tax rate so that the rich pay less, and impose more deep cuts on education, mental health, the environment, and every other measure of a modern state.

Of the two, the Senate’s scheme is worse because it would tax medical bills and groceries in full.

But to compare them is like asking whether you would care to lose one leg or two.  To call any of this deviltry “tax reform” is criminal abuse of the English language.

Governor McCrory seems less than enthusiastic, but only because it isn’t revenue neutral and would extend the sales tax to services.

Truth is, however, that a broad tax on services would be a progressive reform, provided that it exempted medicine and applied the proceeds to slashing the tax rate. But that kind of fairness is not what he or the legislators have in mind.

Ironically, the only truth coming from that quarter is on a website put up by Senate boss Phil Berger. It invites you to calculate your tax savings, and if you’re someone with $1-million in income the answer comes out to a delightful $53,750. If you’re making $250,000, you save $7,613.

But if you’re a single parent or a couple trying to make do on $36,000, your taxes go up by at least $130.

Tea Party people helped to elect those legislators. Now, their silence is stunning. Is it that they don’t want to admit they were duped? Or that they knew all along what they would be getting?

Martin A. Dyckman



Thanks for the help

To the editor:

Thank you for spreading the word and supporting Drugs in Our Midst.

Because of you and others who give so much support, I anticipate a huge crowd.  Thanks for all you do to support us.

Jean Parris



Appreciate coverage

To the editor:

I just wanted to say thank you for the write-ups you did about me and Josh in last week’s issue of The Guide. They were awesome and I loved the pictures.

Our party on Saturday was a huge hit (we sold over 100 books) and several people came just because they saw the article in The Mountaineer.

It is wonderful that you support local authors and illustrators, and I appreciate your support.

Anna Browning



Democrats are absent in debate

To the editor:

Politicians are here to represent us, to stand up for us, all of us. We expect inhumane Republican self-interest, money-money-money, having originally arrived as Yankee carpetbaggers.

However, we expect the Democrats to actually do something.

Where were the Democrats when the LGBT community was under attack last year? Ultimately the gay community was deprived of their civil rights, and I saw not one word on this page in their defense.

This is the most shameful act in the last 50 years by the Democrats in this state. I can only imagine how absent they were during the Civil Rights fight in the 60s.

I wasn’t here then but I’m here now, and I’ve read and heard all the hatred pouring out of locals onto the gay community.

It is un-American, ugly beyond words. And yet locals seem to revel in their hatred, a law unto themselves.

Concurrently there are evermore young women raped, assaulted, intimidated, and the Democrats are silent still. Life in North Carolina is continuing towards that black hole called “Mississippi” because no one really cares.

Rape seems to be too embarrassing to even mention. But that sad day when your daughter is raped will change your mind. You will witness a life shattered — a life that will never heal. And this is okay with you?

And where is the Democratic Party now that the legislature’s draconian measures are aimed directly at children and the poor, most especially people of color?

Where are the valuable initiatives pursued by other states, e.g., alternative energy, medical marijuana, hemp, the list goes on.

The next time the Democrats come around asking for money, be sure and slam the door in their face. We have no idea what’s in their minds, but it isn’t you or me.

John Buckley



Bond too high

To the editor:

My son is in the Haywood County Jail and they kept telling him for 70 days that they would set him a bond and they did, a $3 million bond.

Yes, that’s right, a $3 million bond. That murder trial going on now, I read in your paper, that his bond was a $100,000 secured. You think my son’s bond is fair -— no way.

I think someone should check into this and find out why they put his bond so high. I can’t afford a lawyer.

He’s not charged with any violent crimes, just drugs. He was a friend’s house and the cops raided it and found drugs and charged him more than the guy that owned the house.

I’ve been praying about this, for the Lord knows everything and nobody can hide any.

Ruth Gunter


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