Alcohol at fair is a small issue compared to others

To the editor:

The protests against beer sales at the county fair makes me mad because these campaigners are focusing on a micro issue when our state continues its refusal to be part of the ACA Medicare pool, thereby giving up taxes we’ve paid into the system and harming our own neighbors’ ability to obtain health care and continue contributing to our community.

The same people are accepting without protest that people walk around town shopping, dining, with guns on their persons. Apparently they think the risk of potential death to themselves or their neighbors when simply going about their business is not worth mentioning.

Are they really ok that the health of our children is being placed at risk by allowing vaping sales to minors without protest?

Beer, sold and consumed in such a controlled manner, at a once-a-year, week-long event, does not add up to a social risk anywhere as great or immediate as any of these. Their silent acceptance of these negative practices of our society negates my ability to believe the genuineness of their concern.

Penny Wallace

Waynesville

Town should fix its streets

To the editor:

This is in regard to a letter from a previous writer and your article regarding Dogwood Trail above Eagles Nest Road and the mud collapse onto the now closed city road.

I would say, yes, it is the responsibility of the city to maintain and correct any difficulties of its roads with transit of the homeowners involved paying city and county taxes for such, regardless of time spent at their home.

The city engineer, road maintenance and aldermen of the city should go forward with their lawyers to pursue resolution with the homeowner’s neglect of the property causing the catastrophic event preventing entry on a city road. I personally fear the same might hamper entry to my property on a city road without the city caring about the consequences to homeowners.

I am respectful of the position of city employees involved, but they have a major responsibility of keeping their roads open for all.

Marty Van Keppear

Waynesville

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