Thoughts on a living wage

Will someone define a living wage? Liberals, have you ever owned a business and paid folks more than they’re worth, simply because they needed more?

If a business takes the living wage approach, welfare from businesses, you’ll be out of business shortly.

A living wage seems to be different for everyone.

Many are poor money managers, don’t want to work, don’t make themselves worth more to their employer, don’t better themselves, don’t educate themselves in their chosen field, and on and on.

For liberals, common sense is very uncommon. They make excuses for folks with problems of their own making and want to solve them with other people’s money.

We’ve lived here five years and are amazed at the folks who are allergic to work and an eight-hour day.

We finally found someone, four years ago, who could do virtually anything well, and he charged $25 an hour.

However, this talented individual developed numerous problems, and having employed hundreds of folks over time, I erroneously thought I’d heard every excuse.

Money was a problem, which goes to working and managing money. A 40-hour week at $25 per hour is $1,000 per week and certainly a living wage. And his wife also worked.

He usually arrived around 10, took a 1-hour lunch and left at 4. He brought a $4 cup of coffee, smoked two packs of cigarettes and had a fast-food lunch. He worked six hours, if we were lucky, as the arrival and departure times were frequently adjusted for personal problems. Most folks, with these habits, would have money problems.

Therefore, bad habits, poor work ethic and pathetic money management skills ruined his chance for success.

My advice was, make coffee at home, bring your lunch, quit smoking, and work an eight-hour day.

I maintain, to fix a problem, you must address the root cause! And you must be honest about the cause.

Many are offended by the truth, but it is . . . what it is.

The truth is three-fold; children having children, the lack of personal responsibility and the feel-good public school system run by the federal government.

Van Walker

Lake Junaluska

Haywood County has dropped the ball

We are in the middle of another wave of COVID and Haywood County has dropped the ball. Where are our free testing sites? Buncombe County has them. Jackson County has them. Why don’t we?

We have neighbors who are sick and need a proper diagnosis. We have neighbors who have been off work for the holidays and need testing before they can return. We have neighbors who have been in close contact with COVID but don’t have symptoms — they could be contagious.

Our stores are out of home testing kits and if they can be found cost about $25 for a two-test box. Urgent care tests are reportedly costing $85-$125. Our neighbors are being told to get online and order free tests through LabCorps but those won’t arrive in the mail for days.

The costs are out of reach for many of our neighbors. For a lot of folks, driving to neighboring counties and waiting for tests to arrive aren’t acceptable options. Meanwhile, our COVID numbers are very likely underreported because of lack of testing or home testing without reporting.

We need free COVID testing sites in Haywood County. We have needed them all along but especially now. What is Haywood County Health and Human Services doing about this? How is the Haywood County Commission directing funding? Testing is one of the key pieces to getting this pandemic under control. Who can make this happen now?

Ann Holtz


Examine local elections

More Americans, than any time in modern history, are suspicious of this country’s democratic voting process.

An analyst explained that Americans need to be (re)educated on the voting process, explaining how the system works, why we can trust the process, and how accuracy is insured. Also to reinforce the fact that the last national election was accurate.

The Mountaineer remains the pre-eminent and trusted news source in Haywood County. I believe it would be helpful for citizens if The Mountaineer produced a series on voting in Haywood County.

Some ideas: Taking a poll throughout the county and reporting results, how citizens feel about voting and accuracy of tallied results, then explaining how step by step we can trust the well established process.

Also interviewing volunteer poll workers as well as paid staff all across the county. Other resources/interviews: political science professors at WCU, teachers at Pisgah and Tuscola. Statistics of past voting results, were there attempts to cheat? If so what percentage.

It seems an in-depth series over a period of weeks or months could be helpful in calming fears in our county. I cannot think of a better institution than The Mountaineer to take on this important task.

From what I have read the delegitimization of our voting process that has heretofore focused nationally is now refocusing locally.

Organizing disruptive attendance at public meeting, ie.: school board, county commissioners, city and town meetings, is reported to be a primary technique.

Hope you can address this important issue.

Ken Wilson


(Editor’s note: Great idea Ken. We’ll look into it!)

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