Reader letters, May 3

May 02, 2013

Thanks for column

To the editor:

I really appreciated the column by Vicki Hyatt titled “When enough is enough.”

I’ve held that philosophy most of my life, and I think it helps in not losing focus on what life is all about.  When one is really young, they can get caught up in some of that, but at some point, hopefully, they realize that there’s no real satisfaction in materialism driving your life. Thanks.

Brad Brothers



Respond to change with civility, wisdom

To the editor:

Everywhere we face change. At the cosmic level there is climate change, as recent violent storms bear witness. From Wall Street we encounter changes manipulated by the rich and powerful to their advantage that have caused us to lose our homes, our employment, our savings, our hope.

In Raleigh we have radical political change that is affecting our health care, our children’s education, our water, our access to the ballot box, our safety net for those in need.

Locally, we have increasing numbers of homeless and hungry to care for, as tax money is siphoned into deep pockets.

Citizens of Waynesville and Lake Junaluska anticipate changes in the governance structures they have come to rely on. Personally, we face changes in our health, our relationships, our jobs, our households.

There are several ways we can respond to these changes.

*We can try to avoid them, pretend they aren’t happening, escape from them into inner reverie or outer activity.

*We can accept them, come to terms with them, view them as inevitable, accommodate to them, adjust our attitudes and behavior to take account of them, surrender to them.

*We can rail against them, attack them and those who initiate them, complain about them, attempt to build walls (political, lifestyle, relational, attitudinal) to prevent them from touching us.

*We can go behind the backs of those initiating change to try to defeat them by fair means or foul.

*We can form coalitions to work against them, to try to stop them from taking effect, to reverse the changes, or make them work for us.

*We can engage with them and those who initiate them, try to understand what’s behind them, seek out the benefits in them.

*We can try to compromise with them, negotiate win-win solutions.

*We can put our heads together and brainstorm new alternatives.

Whichever of the above approaches we take in our dealings with change — whether in the halls of power, the privacy of family, the relationships of neighbors, the councils of decision-making, our treatment of the Earth, or our heart of hearts, may we above all be honest, civil, considerate, responsible and wise.

Doug Wingeier



One can says it all

To the editor:

Well, it is that time of the year again.  Our Postal Food Drive is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.

So many good things converge on that special day each year; the hard work of our postal workers who handle thousands of pounds of food gathered on their routes which makes for a challenging day, the culmination of several weeks of planning and promoting by various Christian non-profit ministries, the strong support of various businesses and organizations in our county who show up every year to lend their hand to the success of the project, and finally the myriad of people throughout the county who place food at their mail boxes on this special day.

What especially inspires me as I write this letter is the recurring picture of the one can.  Each year I hear the story repeated by the postal workers of the one can that they find hanging from a mail box at a humble home that surely needed the one can more than they needed to give it.  Or did they?  After all, isn’t it quoted in the Bible that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive?”

Maybe that is the hallmark quality that brings success to any venture, the ability and willingness to submerge yourself in the landscape of any event and see the big picture and be willing to get lost in self-sacrificing service.

Perry Hines

Director of The Open Door


Commissioners have a hard job

To the editor:

A recent news item about our county commissioner meetings brings to mind the challenging job our commissioners must have.

In particular, during his many years of service, Commissioner Mark Swanger has displayed leadership, integrity and special caring for the citizens of Haywood County. Thank you Mark Swanger.

Kevin Ensley, another long-standing commissioner, has also done an outstanding job for the people of Haywood County.

We thank all the commissioners who work to serve the welfare of our community.

It must be a challenging job.

David and Grace Flood


Article was a blessing

Haywood Christian Ministry is very grateful to The Mountaineer for the April 22 article about the tremendous increase in requests for food from our food pantry, and our plea for food donations from the community.

We are very pleased to report that the generous people of Haywood County have thus far donated over $1,500 in cash, six churches have donated food, and several individuals dropped by with bags of food, including one anonymous donor who dropped by with a half-pickup truck load.

The bottom line is that the community has made it possible to bring our food pantry shelves to near-normal levels until the Postal Food Drive kicks off on Saturday, May 11.  The Ministry hopes that everyone will participate in the Drive by placing canned and boxed non-perishable food in or on their mail box that day.

Whatever you can do, no matter how big or small, helps our neighbors in need!

Rusty Wallace, assistant director, Haywood Christian Ministry