Enjoys history stories

To the editor:

Will Kathy Ross’ story about Waterville be available online later? I wanted to share it with family who grew up in the Fines Creek area in the early 1900s.

I am tickled that Kathy is back to writing Haywood County history stories.

Ken Johnson


Childish behavior

To the editor:

It is difficult to describe my dismay and disappointment at the behavior of the leaders of our democracy at the State of the Union address, Feb. 4, 2020.

The first was the refusal of Donald Trump, the President of the United States, to shake hands with Nancy Pelosi, who shared the stage with him as a fellow leader of our nation. The response of Ms. Pelosi of the staged tearing of the President’s speech was understandable but not forgivable. We will not make America Great with this behavior.

Doris B. Hammett, MD


Voters are watching

To the editor:

Unless legally obligated, the Waynesville Board of Aldermen should not spend $300,000 for a neighborhood of three dozen homes outside of town limits.

A week ago, the Waynesville Aldermen opposed spending just $30,000 to provide residents with a quarterly newsletter that will keep it’s 8,500 residents informed about Town issues. Mayor Gary Caldwell went so far as to say, “It ain’t gonna happen on my watch.”

Two weeks ago, the town put improvements to the Pigeon Community Park “on the backburner” because of the costs.

As a voter, I will remember how the alderman spend the taxpayer’s money. This will be particularly true if they spend this money for those who don’t live in the town of Waynesville and didn’t elect it’s aldermen.

Michael Robinson


The highest form of flattery

To the editor:

In today’s Mountaineer of Wednesday, Feb. 5, edition, a letter writer copied our format of a “two sentence letter” which appeared last week.

Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we were both amused and flattered he liked the format well enough to copy it. Thank you.

We also completely agree with you that spoiled, lying, immoral narcissists should be impeached, which strengthens our arguments to impeach Nancy Pelosi, who meets all those qualifications. It’s nice to find a fellow reader with the same opinion. Thanks again.

JoAnna and Richard Swanson


Second Amendment is the most important

To the editor:

I just read the guest opinion in the Feb. 5 edition and thought I’d better respond.

In my opinion he makes errors in his reasoning. First I believe the most important amendment is the 2nd because it gives us protection to guard the other amendments and a well-armed citizenry protects the homeland from attacks from enemies of the constitution, foreign and domestic.

Another mistake that, in my opinion, shows the writers limited knowledge of guns is his reference to automatic weapons. I’m sure he was referring to semi-automatic because to own an automatic weapon is very expensive and requires a very lengthy background check.

However it bothers me that someone writing an article about gun ownership is ignorant of basic gun mechanics. The only thing that happens in this mindset of gun control is to make criminals out of law abiding gun owners. It’s all about controlling the people.

If we give up the 2nd amendment, you might as well throw the rest in with it. I don’t know how to stop people from killing one another, but taking inanimate objects from law- abiding citizens isn’t the answer.

Lastly,the writer talks of the all or nothing idea. Liberal politicians would be happy to take our rights a little at a time, so for me I vote giving up none. Thanks.

Mike Fisher


Consider this

To the editor:

Middle and upper-class people probably have no idea how much they are loved by the cobalt-mining children in Africa, or by their Chinese counterparts who labor for rice in dusty lithium pits, far out of sight and further out of mind.

Nor do they understand just how devoted those little kids are to America’s much-talked-about “Green New Deal.” The love and devotion are staggering.

And who knew just how environmentally conscious those tykes actually are? Except for an occasional meal, nothing is more important to them than lithium-ion batteries for people living in nice homes that might as well be 10-million miles away. What could be more commendable?

Perhaps knowing that unless CO2-spewing Ford pickup trucks and Boeing jet airplanes are replaced by grossly inefficient battery-powered machines, the little boys and girls in the dusty mines realize that the comfort of N. Americans and Western Europeans will surely be compromised.

The selflessness of the little miners is quite enough to bring a tear to the eye. Never mind that the eyes of the recipients of the children’s largesse remain conveniently closed.

Whereas before the advent of the internal combustion engine the youthful miners might have hoped to live to be 35, or even 40-years of age, climate change is now threatening to reduce that hope even further. But let us not misunderstand what climate we here consider. It is not the atmosphere we speak of; nor is it of melting glaciers and rising sea levels. The climate is instead economic, social and political; and that particular climate is for the miners changing faster than a hundred-thousand-dollar Tesla can zip from zero to sixty.

While deeply concerned citizens in Manhattan and Hollywood sip cocktails and congratulate one another for their noble thoughts, the little African and Chinese children cough up blood in the bottom of poisonous holes in the ground, where in their joy they strive to produce the rare earth minerals that power snazzy cars and thousand-dollar cell phones.

Why, the sacrifice is almost enough to spur feelings of humility.

Scott Muirhead


Please don’t use Styrafoam

To the editor:

From the Captain Obvious Department: Styrofoam floats.

It doesn’t biodegrade, compost or recycle, so the only place it should go is in the landfill. So no matter where you throw your cup out of the window, it will find its way to the river.

I live on the bank of the Pigeon River, and every time the river gets high I am amazed at the amount of Styrofoam I see floating past my door.

We live in one of the most beautiful places on this planet, we owe it to each other to keep it this way.

I’m not trying to insult anyone’s intelligence, just asking you to use it.

Andy Sloan


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