Reader letters March 1
War act legislation considered
To the editor:
A fellow North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones Jr. from the 3rd congressional District introduced H.Con.Res.107.IH, which covers is the constitutional legalities of the war acts.
He is asking all North Carolinians and voters to contact their representatives, and demand that a hearing on this issue be called. There are videos on YouTube explaining this. I watched several, but the one that really scared me was the one with Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama interviewing Secretary Leon Panetta and General Dempsey.
When asked from whom they received their authorization to mount any military action, their answer was NATO, and or The United Nations. Not once did they mention the fact that they must have permission from Congress.
Just like everything else, this administration is trying to do or is doing, it is an end-run around Congress. First I ask you to watch the videos on YouTube and then contact your Senators and Congressmen, including 11th Congressional district Congressman Mark Meadows, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan Time is of the essence.
James R. Stinnett
Maggie should control extra tourism funds
To the editor:
Just a thought on this mess. If Maggie Valley were to secure the remaining 2 percent for its own future use, we would have greater control of what happens to the money and its use. Based on the data provided by the “Haywood County Tourism Development Authority” and a recent report Maggie Valley collects about 59 percent of the “bed tax” yet we don’t receive a proportional share in return.
Using the estimated collections as suggested from the previous meetings the additional 2 percent if allowed to be collected would run close to $265,000 from “28751” alone if we contribute 59 percent of the total collections. We would have very limited say in how that money would be allocated and even less say in bringing a proportional amount back to our town.
Keep in mind also, once the commissioners and TDA get their hands on our money, we can never get it back.
I have asked the town board to withhold their support for Haywood County grabbing our 2 percent. At the same time I will ask that our town initiate the necessary steps to take the opportunity to secure the remainder for the benefit of our town and our future.
To the editor:
There is a lot of small-minded politicking about the spending cuts and the U.S. debt.
Did you know America borrows $1 million every 30 seconds?
The USA borrows $40 dollars out of every $100 dollars that it spends to run the federal government every second of every day. America is spending far too much. Politicians act like this is too complicated for us to understand.
Taxing the rich started in January. Look at your paycheck – did you notice the tax paid to the federal government (so that makes us one of the ‘rich’). The price of food and gasoline is higher – that is the “hidden tax” caused by borrowing massive amounts of money and devaluing our dollar on the world marketplace. Washington, D.C. has a spending problem. They are worried about reducing ‘only 2 percent’ out of the money they spend. That is only two pennies for every dollar they spend. While they are ‘borrowing’ 40 cents for every dollar they spend. This math is not complicated. Unfortunately for us, they do not want to cut their spending by 2 percent. They are not concerned about us when they took more than 2 percent out of our paycheck in January.
Those of us living in the real world understand Washington, D.C. spends far too much. We want to cut wasteful spending not raise taxes. This is the worst ‘recovery’ in U.S. history. But the pressure is put on the working people. We are being taxed so Washington, D.C. can spend more and more.
They are spending much more than they have collected and putting us deeper in debt. Still they want to tax more instead of cut spending.
I say cut some of the spending. Stop raising taxes on us. D.C., We just spent $60 billion for Sandy storm and now we are talking about cutting $85 billion. This is not “severe spending cuts.” It is small potatoes in D.C.
Trees look fine
To the editor:
I know the decision was recently made by the Board of Commissioners to cut down the maple trees around the Old Courthouse. As I recall, they did this based on the recommendation of an arborist hired to evaluate the health of the trees. He determined they were so unhealthy that they posed an immediate safety risk to the public.
As one of the people who participates in the weekly Peace Vigil in front of the Old Courthouse, I couldn’t help but notice today that two of the trees have already been cut down. I will say first that I have absolutely no training in determining the health of trees. I did, however, spend about 15 minutes this afternoon before the vigil walking around looking at the sawed up logs from the largest to the smallest (even breaking some of the twigs). I could not see one indication either on the bark or within the wood of any damage or disease that would have warranted such a recommendation.
I urge you to walk across the street, have someone take some pictures of the logs, branches, twigs, etc., ask questions of the appropriate people (including the arborist and perhaps other arborists in the area) and make certain you are satisfied that, in fact, these trees truly do have to come down to protect the public’s safety and well-being.