Reader letters, Nov. 26

Nov 26, 2012

The Rathbun Center can help

To the editor:

The holiday season is upon us once again.  It is a time for family gatherings, laughter, news and sharing.

For some, serious illness becomes a sudden part of life and a journey to Asheville for medical treatment is required.

There is a special place, a 36 bedroom Victorian home-away-from-home for families or individuals to stay over night for free as they wait for the outcome of their loved ones medical treatment.  This place is called the The Rathbun Center, a very special place with caring staff, large kitchen, laundry, sitting areas, private bedrooms, children’s room, garden paths and transportation to and from local hospitals.  Please feel free to call 828-251-0595 or go to for more information.

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of local churches, businesses and individuals this free service is a welcome comfort for thousands of families in need.

Have a wonderful holiday season and please remember the The Rathbun Center for both giving and receiving as we give thanks for our many blessings.

Adelaide D. Key, founder and board member

The Rathbun Center

Flag-flying is American tradition

To the editor:

Bedwetting has resumed concerning the display of the Confederate Battle Flag, on a Confederate monument.

The opponents of the flag fail to realize secession is an American tradition.

Strategic divorce proceedings began in 1775 and culminated in 1776 with an official declaration of secession from the British Empire.

When independent states recognized irreconcilable differences in 1861, they sought their own independence, just as the rebel colonists did when they reacted to British gun confiscation efforts on April 19, 1775.

One hundred and fifty years later, we are told that secession from unjust authority in 1775/76 was righteous, yet it was evil in 1861.

Is it possible that given less than 7 percent of the southern population at the time owned slaves, that most sought self-determination?

Were mountain folk fighting to protect their plantations and thousands of slaves or to defend their hardscrabble farms from invading armies?

An entire people, black and white, who were subjected to invasion, war crimes beyond description with 50,000 civilians dead, 350,000 killed in action, martial law and military rule after the conflict have no right to be remembered?

Isn’t it ironic that we hold up brave secessionists of the past, but demonize southerners who did the same thing as the ones we idolize?

The American colonials and William Wallace of Scotland whose ensign was the Cross of St. Andrew (where the Battle Flag was derived) come to mind.

Some eastern Europeans seceding from the Soviet Empire employed the battle flag.

Were these people flying this universal symbol of resistance to tyranny out of a want to institute chattel slavery?

If we are to ban “hateful” symbols on what is supposedly public property, when are we going to tear down Old Glory?  The same Banner of Oppression that flew over legalized slavery and whose government threw people in jail if they didn’t return fugitive slaves for nearly 100 years? Whose court came up with “separate but equal?” How can these hysterics protesting a flag, live with themselves in a country born in secession, and promote the Stars and Stripes as the epitome of morality?

John Meyers


Sons of Confederate Veterans, member