Reader letters, May 17

May 17, 2013

Here’s how GOP can broaden its base

To the editor:

Recently the Republican National Committee released a 99-page report, the “Growth and Opportunity Project.”

This report is a plan to broaden the GOP’s appeal and to become more inclusive so they will win more elections. If the Republicans are sincere and really care about women, immigrants, homosexuals, blue collar workers, students, minorities, seniors, and other groups who have traditionally been discriminated against, they should back up their rhetoric with actions and start selecting policy formulators who honor the Golden Rule.

The GOP should stop promoting trickledown economics (the practice of giving special favors to the rich with the assumption that the rich will pass those benefits down to the poor) and work to decrease the gap between the rich and the poor.

They should focus on making the salaries of CEOs of the major corporations and those of average workers (now approximately at a 325:1 ratio) more in line with the rest of the world (20:1).

The solution for the GOP to get more votes is simple.

If Republicans want the female vote, they must support legislation like the “Violence Against Women Act” and champion better health care for women.

If they want the votes of students and their parents, they need to increase the availability of student loans.

If they want the senior vote, then they should strengthen Medicare and Social Security.

If they want the LGBT vote, they need to introduce laws guaranteeing equal and fair treatment of all citizens.

If they want the vote of those with respiratory problems, they should promote clean air regulations.

If Republicans want to increase the votes of those with low income, they should sponsor the improvement of Medicaid and advocate raising the minimum wage.

If they want the average worker’s vote, they must endorse equal pay for equal work and acknowledge unions.

If they want the Latino vote, they should begin treating Hispanics with respect.

If they want the African- American vote, they should support civil rights legislation and stop obstructing voting.

Of course, if the Republicans did all of these things, then they would essentially be Democrats.

J A Gregory


Thanks for the food

To the editor:

May 11 marked another successful Letter Carrier’s Food Drive in Haywood County.  Over 33,000 pounds of food was picked up and distributed between the Haywood Christian Ministry, The Salvation Army, The Open Door Ministry and the Community Kitchen in Canton.

Thank you to all the postal employees, members of the community, the food drive committee members and the community. This additional food will stock our pantries and enable us to feed needy families of Haywood County through the high demand summer season.

Thank you to the food sorters – The Boy Scouts of America Troup 370, the Tuscola AF.J.R.O.T.C., the Pisgah N.J.R.O.T.C., the Church of Latter Day Saints, the staffs of the agencies that received the donations.

Finally, thank  you to Dr. Wright Spears who started the Haywood County Food Drive over 20 years ago. His first year brought in 300 pounds of food. Thanks to the generosity of the people of Haywood County he has seen the amount of food collected grow enormously.

Kevin Murphy

Postal Food Drive chairman


Food drive donations down

To the editor:

During the recent postal food drive, Haywood Christian Ministry experienced a reduction from over 41,000 pounds last year to 35,000 pounds this year.

This is about 20 percent less in a time where the need for food at Haywood Christian Ministry alone is up by at least 70 percent this year.

I presume that The Salvation Army, Second Blessing and Canton Community Kitchen had the same experience.

If you did not receive a food drive donation bag in the mail, please make the effort to provide your own bag and drop off your gift of non-perishable food to your local food pantry or food kitchen ASAP.

You will probably be as surprised as me to learn that the postal delivery people are divided between union workers and non-union workers.  The unionized workers participated, but the non-union workers did not.

My friends and others have since informed, “I gave anyway and my carrier picked up my bag.” “I didn’t get a bag and forgot about it.”  “I got the bag but it didn’t get picked up.” Or, “I put a bag of stuff out but it didn’t get picked up.”

I hope that the non-participating workers are at least donating some food.

This food drive is a vital source of food for the food pantries of Haywood County and all of the food pantries are under stocked already because of the reductions in assistance benefits.

Please make a donation of non-perishable food or money (to buy perishables) to The Salvation Army, Open Door, Canton Community Kitchen, Haywood Christian Ministry whichever is nearest to your home to help close the gap between need and availability.

Penny Wallace




Keep waters clean

To the editor:

I remember when it was safe to drink out of our own faucet and fish at our local stream without fear of contamination. Selling bottle water now is a billion dollar affair and we have all the plastic bottles to show for it in our landfills.

We are not infants, yet we act like them when we undo bills that could save some one’s life, especially a child’s.

Are we not already seeing the signs of our pollution and now we want to take away the safety of our waters that is crucial for our survival?

We can all make a difference in our future and the safety of our planet’s drinking water. Governed by the people and for the people, our legislators should try to remember that and we the People should speak out.

Serena Dossenko




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