Reader letters, Nov. 28
Confederate flag represents traitors
To the editor;
History is important. If Jefferson’s first draft of the Declaration of Independance had passed, slavery would have been banned. However, the means to its eventual end and the 14th Amendment had been adopted a few days earlier on June 12, 1776, by Virginia’s enacting George Mason’s Declaration of Rights.
Article 1. “That all men are by nature equally free and independant, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”
Building upon this Deistic embrace of universal rights of Liberty and self-determination, in 1777, Thomas Jefferson’s bill for establishing religious freedom proposed that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry.
This “founding principle” was then incorporated into the federal Bill of Rights and especially the First Amendment, which prohibits our government from passing laws regarding establishment of religion, the free exercise thereof, assembly, speech, the press, redress of grievances.
To that end, no display, nor representation of opinion, religious or otherwise may be allowed on public property the people own together, unless all opinions are allowed to be represented.
However, most certainly no display representative of the traitorous action of the confederacy who chose not to abide by the founding promise of equal protection from oppression, may be allowed on public taxpayer funded property.
And, not just because North Carolina’s constitution prohibits it, but also because General Robert E. Lee surrendered all physical assets that belonged to the confederacy including any and all flags and or any such thing that represented the error of succession, and he and his troops swore an oath not to attack the union again.
Any public display thereafter was done in disrespect to not just Lee and his troops, but to the Union of States and We the people as represented by one flag and one flag only.
To the editor:
As I read Mr. Mooneyham’s policital column today, I nearly laughed so hard I snorted my milk.
Thanks, Mr. Mooneyham
Allan Zacher, MD
Christmas shoe box generosity
To the editor:
Once again, the residents of Haywood County have demonstrated their sincere hearts and spirit of deep generosity. In response to a strengthened awareness of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program, over 3,700 Christmas shoe boxes were received this year – a 20 percent increase over last year by Haywood County. Many local churches, who have been regular participants, set challenging goals this year, and the addition of several new churches and civic organizations helped make the difference in this amazing achievement. It is inspiring that so many people recognized “the power of a simple gift” to help children around the world in a variety of desperate situations. We are so blessed to live in a community that truly understands our responsibility as individuals to love and serve others both locally and internationally.
Bill and Becky Jarrell
Haywood County Volunteers
Operation Christmas Child