Homeless, users are down on their luck

To the editor:

Homeless people, persons abusing drugs are NOT like dogs. Dogs do not share their food. I am an owner of dogs all of my 80 years. They fight over their food.

When a family has several dogs, they each have their own bowl and their best buddy cannot share their bowl. Stray dogs will not share. I share this with you, Mr. Pless, to tell you that all people are God’s children.

Maybe you need to think, “What would Jesus do?” People share food and care for their friends and neighbors.

This Christmas season, just passed, in Haywood County is an amazing example. More less- fortunate people were blessed with food and warm clothing than ever before, thanks to the love of their communities.

People are not like dogs. Only those who are selfish and lacking love for their unfortunate brothers, like dogs, do not share. They do not care about those who have not.

The Open Door, Canton Community Kitchen, The Pathways Center, and multiple churches in our county cannot meet the needs of all the needy.

We, as Christians, are not serving dogs but someone’s loved ones. Humans without jobs, elderly, disabled, without shoes and warm clothes, etc. Some of these people made wrong choices, some are plagued by mental health conditions or adverse childhood trauma.

Jesus teaches us, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He never compared them with animals. Instead he loved them enough to die for them on a cross to forgive their sins. Even for you Mark Pless.

Jean Parris

Canton

Stopping the slaughter

To the editor:

On Jan. 27, the world will observe the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Hitler’s largest death camp. It’s an opportune occasion to reflect on how each of us can help end oppression.

A key question facing historians is how could an enlightened society that produced our civilization’s greatest philosophers, poets, and composers also produce its most notorious mass murderers? How could it get millions of ordinary citizens to go along. Was the Holocaust a peculiarly German phenomenon, or are other enlightened societies capable? And, is it just about killing humans, or does it extend to other sentient beings?

Jewish Nobel laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer provided a clear answer when he wrote: “To the animals, all people are N@zis.”

His message was that, even in our own country, we are willing to subjugate our own compassion and affection for animals to those of our society. We have allowed social norms to supersede our own.

It follows that the only way to end our own participation in oppression is for each of us to reclaim our own moral values. Our very first step should be to drop animals from our menus.

Wade Moore

Waynesville

Thanks for great care, Haywood Regional

To the editor:

This is an open letter to thank the doctors, nurses, EMS and all who took care of my husband, Glenn Abel.

On Oct. 11, he had a heart attack at home and was sent to Haywood Regional where he had to be resuscitated twice. The quick thinking and care saved his life.

He was transferred to Mission the next morning where he had triple bypass surgery on Monday. Mission praised the staff at Haywood for their great response.

Also, everyone along with God and the many prayers has brought him back almost to normal.

He later suffered a mini stroke and spent many days back at Haywood, Mission and Silver Bluff Rehab. We thank them also for their great care.

Now with home health and their therapy that I thank also, he is doing great. And I could’t have made it without my three caregivers, Tammy, Amanda and Bruce.

God bless you all.

Judy Abel

Canton

Retirees need a raise

To the editor:

Over the last 10 years, your local government retirees have received less than one percent in cost of living adjustment. Less than one percent.

Ever thought about what a local government employee does? They are the men and women who make our communities thrive by picking up your trash, policing your streets and making sure your homes are safe. They serve your community.

Most public sector retirees have given 25-30 years of service to your community. All public sector employees contribute from their first day on the job until retirement into their pensions. Receiving retirement is by no means a gift. Local government retirees sacrificed during their careers in order to receive their investments in retirement.

Our state’s public pensions have not regained fiscal strength from the Great Recession. Today, they continu to lag leaving many retirees to choose between food or medicine, and struggling with our state’s economy flourishes.

As local government retirees, we’ve done our part. Now, it’s time for our local government to step up and do theirs.

Lorena P. Smathers

Canton

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