Reader letters March 27

Mar 28, 2017

Libraries – not virtual

To the editor:

Years ago, an episode of “Twilight Zone” really grabbed me.  It dealt with a man who loved reading, but couldn’t stand interruptions.  He yearned for the day when no one could possibly disturb his inner sanctum.

Through a nuclear holocaust, he became the only man left on earth.  Rejoicing in his good fortune, he immediately found a comfortable chair, cleaned his glasses and awaited the moment when he would choose which of the remaining volumes he desired to read, ‘assuming the position.’

Imagine his chagrin, when he dropped his glasses and stepped on them, destroying the possibility of enjoying that which he had so earnestly awaited all his life.  He was now truly alone, with no one to bother, but there was also no one with whom to share his life.

I think of that episode frequently when confronted with the electronic books and other devices so appealing to (mostly) younger readers.  In the pursuit of enjoyment, knowledge or wisdom, they take no thought of the dependence rendered to the current availability of ‘juice’ in the form of electricity … maybe even batteries.  If that particular power source is interrupted, their pursuit will stop, and like the man in the Twilight Zone episode, they will have no ability to share their life with others.

It is not just the loss of connectivity, but the gradual loss of communication skills, which will hinder them.  They will have lost the ability to exchange greetings with others; their focus will be on that device which no longer functions.  They will also discover that critical thinking skills have been surrendered to others who program electronic devices with the intention of limiting their imagination, vision and power to discern.  The status quo becomes their life, with no hope for the future.

The mental and spiritual implications of this are vast.  Their ‘source’ having been dried up, they must now turn to their visceral storehouse; often, it will be found quite empty.  … just an observation by an older man.

David A. Williams

Waynesville

GOP rhetoric doesn't match reality

To the editor:

The article on the county Republican convention and current national Republican legislative initiatives are disturbing on several levels. The quotes by Michele Nix, GOP vice-chair, were unbelievably self-righteous and ill-informed. She declared that Republicans were God’s chosen people and that they pray before events. I have not seen any evidence that God is a Republican. As for praying, Democrats as well as Republicans begin their events with a prayer for guidance.

As for HB2, it does not protect anyone from anything. It is just a demonstration of ignorance and bigotry. Not all people are clearly defined. Some are born with sexual organs of both genders, and parents have to choose. I have checked the Gospels in both of my Bibles, and find no mention of homosexual or transgender people. What I do find is many references to taking care of the sick and the less fortunate.

 

This brings me to the current Republican so-called healthcare bill. It turns out that TrumpCare is really just a tax break for the rich that will deny healthcare for millions of people and increase the national debt. Their “competitively priced” coverage will be economically out of the reach of the people who need it most.

 

Republicans keep saying that people will have access to health insurance. Everyone already has “access” to health insurance – they just can’t afford it. You have access to buying a Boeing 757 or Gulfstream jet, but you may not have the money to pay for it. The only way to get universal coverage for the least money is a single payer plan like Medicare. As long as insurance companies take 25 percent or more of the money off the top for dividends, multi-millionaire executives, and advertising, you will not have affordable healthcare. Administrative costs for Medicare are around 5 percent. No private insurance can match that.

 

How Republicans can keep wrapping themselves in the Gospels while ignoring Jesus’ second major commandment in Mathew — love your neighbor as yourself — is beyond me. When will Republicans at the national level start governing for the middle class instead of billionaires?

Norman Hoffmann

Waynesville