Reader letters, March 27

Mar 26, 2013

Position is a nominal honor

To the editor:

A recent (March 29) letter writer made a big deal about Rep. Meadows being

“outstanding” because he was made a vice-chair of some committee in Congress.  When you look at his votes, he seems outstanding, but not in a positive way.

Meadows was one of the few representatives to vote against providing aid to the people along the East Coast hit by the hurricane Sandy.  This storm left thousands homeless and devastated power to many more.  I have spoken with some of these people, and they were devastated and had no assistance for weeks.

Meadows refused to vote for authorizing aid to the storm victims.  After every major natural disaster, Congress has always provided aid on an almost immediate and unanimous vote. I cannot understand how people calling themselves Christians could turn their backs on their fellow citizens in such circumstances.

Meadows also voted against the Violence Against Women Act,  that had also been virtually unanimously approved before.  Apparently he is not concerned about the welfare of women.   No wonder many think the Republicans are at war against women.

Becoming a vice-chair of a committee when your party is in power really doesn’t mean much. Being cold and uncaring about our fellow citizens, however, means a lot.

Norman G. Hoffmann, Ph.D.

Waynesville

 

Demand answers while you can

To the editor:

While attempting to disarm U.S. citizens, our government is arming itself to the teeth:

• At least 73 federal agencies already have their own private armies here in the U.S. including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office, the Department of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the Inspector General’s office of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, the Library of Congress and Veterans Affairs.

• The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has more than 100,000 armed officers.  DHS is currently seeking to acquire 7,000 automatic assault weapons and 30-round magazines for those weapons. DHS has also said it wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition — more than five bullets for every man, woman and child in America.

• News is beginning to trickle out that, back in September 2012, the DHS retrofitted 2,717 Mine Resistant Protected armored vehicles, which are intended for use on American streets. DHS and others have purchased $2 million-worth of “no hesitation targets” for government shooting ranges that depict children, pregnant women and elderly people.

• The Senate Armed Services Committee is calling for the use of Predator Drones that are being recalled from Afghanistan to be used in the U.S., to patrol American skies. The new FAA Reauthorization Act pushes the FAA to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015. The FAA estimates that by 2020, 30,000 drones could be patrolling American skies, many of them armed.

• According to Congressman Timothy Huelscamp, the Department of Homeland Security has refused to answer questions from “multiple” members of Congress regarding its recent purchase of huge amounts of weapons and ammunition. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Write your Congressman and Senators and demand an investigation and Congressional hearings now.

Clayton Makepeace

Waynesville

 

GOP is doing a good job

To the editor:

I am 76 years of age and registered as an Independent. On Saturday, March 23, the Haywood County Republican Party Convention was held in the Canton Armory.

I attended, knowing that it was not restricted to just Republicans. I was warmly welcomed and found it to be a very pleasant experience.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, state Sen. Jim Davis, state Rep. Michele Presnell and Mike Clampitt all took the time to listen to what I had to say. I had a nice talk with Denny King also. Everyone was enthused by their powerful speeches, which produced standing ovations. I feel the right candidates were chosen, and we are well represented by people who care. They are doing a very good job, as well as keeping us all informed about their progress by e-mail. It was good to see how open the Republican Party is to all.

I strongly urge people to put themselves out more to find out what is going on and be more involved. I am thankful “We the People” of North Carolina have made such a difference and our candidates in office are doing their best to lead us out of the trouble the country is in.

Al Goodis

Waynesville

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