Reader letters, Oct. 2

Oct 02, 2013

Constitutional crisis is at hand

To the editor:

The leaves are beginning to turn, but the tourists won’t be coming. Not when they know the national parks are closed.

That’s an economic disaster for Western North Carolina, and we have our very own tea-stained Congressman Mark Meadows to thank for it.

According to CNN, Meadows persuaded 79 colleagues to sign a letter urging House Speaker John Boehner to couple government funding with an ultimatum to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.

Now, Meadows says it was never his intent to shut the government down.

Countless judges have heard the same sort of excuse from countless miscreants. It doesn’t get better with the retelling.

Just what did Meadows expect? That President Obama and the Senate would submit to such shameless extortion?

This is a constitutional crisis like none before. It isn’t the familiar debate about how much to spend, but about a subversive minority of one party using its control of one House to sabotage a law that both houses passed and the voters confirmed when they re-elected the president and kept the Democrats in control of the Senate.

The extremists’ last-minute “offer” to compromise on a one-year delay fools no one. As the President said, “Does anybody truly believe we won’t have this fight again in a couple of months?”

If the radicals get away with it this time, what’s the next target? Social Security? Medicare? The President’s resignation?

Meadows claims he’s doing this on behalf of his constituents. But if you call his offices, as my wife and I did, to oppose his actions and explain how Obamacare has already helped us, prepare for an argument.

Because that’s what his people do.  They don’t simply take your message and thank you, like Senator Burr’s office and most other Congressional staffs do even when they don’t like what they’re hearing.

All that Meadows wants to hear is praise from the Tea Party.

Martin A. Dyckman



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Pigeon commnity center

This important program in our community needs help.

I have been to gatherings at the PCMDC in which we had to wear our winter coats to keep warm because there was no heat.

Meeting with the director one day included watching her look for things on her desk underneath a plastic tarp because it was raining.

In the dead of winter, they use electric space heaters in one room that is small enough to heat. If we want a community with harmonious relationships, we need to start with our children. They deserve a chance to succeed.

Katherine Bartel