Reader letters May 22

May 21, 2013

Abortionist plea for life is a disgrace

To the editor:

How hypocritical that Dr. Gosnell, the infamous abortionist in Philadelphia, would strike a plea agreement to spare his life while he had no problem sentencing those babies to death.

So in the end, he chose to be pro-life (saving his life) instead of  “pro-choice” and letting the jury decide his fate. Rather than receive the death sentence he made a plea for his life. Such a disgrace that we do not protect the innocent, the weak, and  the defenseless who have no voice.

It is about time you take your heads out of the sand and stand up for what you believe. It is about time you stop supporting a political party that touts they are for the little guy; yet has no problem with abortion on demand and throwing the little guy in the trash. Shame on you; shame on us.

John LaFata



Rural carriers helped, too

To the editor:

Although I appreciate the sentiment of a recent letter expressing the need for more food to be donated, as I’m sure there is always a need for more donations, I feel the need to clear up some misconceptions.

I am a city letter carrier in Canton and I am a union member. I wholeheartedly participated in the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive this past year, as I do every year. I have to say that I had people who did not belong to the Letter Carriers Union who worked as hard as the carriers that belonged to the union.

Our rural route carriers willingly delivered the bags and picked up the food. I’m not sure where the letter writer received her information, but it just was not true. In all my years of participating in the food drive, I have never been aware of a union/non-union division. Management in our office was very supportive of our food drive also. It seemed that we collected just as much in Canton as we did the previous year.

I am not aware that we brought in 41,000 pounds of food last year. That was the record high, and that was not last year. I would like to thank the generous people in Canton for all their donations. I would also like to recognize the rural route carriers for participating just as much as the city carriers did.

Janie Savage


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It’s a small world

Thought you guys at the hometown paper would get a kick out of this.

I graduated from Tuscola in 1996 and joined the Army eight hours after graduation.

I haven’t lived in Haywood County since. I’ve been all over the world, being in the military for almost 17 years now.

I’m a Blackhawk helicopter pilot stationed at Ft Campbell, Kentucky. So, anyway, about five months ago we get a new pilot named Rob.

I noticed he had a thick country accent, and I asked him where he was from. He says, “Well brother, you probably never heard of it, but it’s a tiny town in Western North Carolina named Clyde.”

I was shocked. Small world. I told him I grew up off of Jones Cove Road. Turns out he worked for Haywood County EMS, and we know a ton of the same people.

Makes me feel better knowing I’ll be going to Afghanistan in January with someone from back home. Take care.

Dave Conklin