Parris honor well-deserved

To the editor:

I have known Jean Parris since 1968, when we were classmates at Duke in the Nuclear Medicine Program.

Almost 30, and a single mom, she was working hard to improve her lot in life with more education. I have never known her to tackle anything where she wasn’t “all in.”

Her description of herself in the article in your newspaper as “somewhat just short of very aggressive” is the honest assessment of a woman who is almost 80 and knows herself. We went our separate ways in life, but she is one of those people who “never met a stranger.”

Kudos to my old friend, for a job well done.

Mary Maxwell

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

New Year’s Eve event was fabulousTo the editor:

My husband and I attended Maggie Valley’s “First Night.” It was a delight. There were many activities, such as corn hole, to participate in and talented people, such as a chainsaw artist and fire baton exhibition, to watch.

We enjoyed the warmth of the fire pits. The fireworks were superb and lit up the valley. The organizers deserve thanks and congratulations.

We hope this “First Night” will become a yearly tradition for Maggie Valley.

Ms. Beth G Johnson

Maggie Valley

Questions that are hard to answerTo the editor:

Imagine sitting in front of a roaring fire with your 8-year- old granddaughter on your knee. The warmth of the fire spreads over you like a finely woven blanket. A plate of cookies and some milk await.

As you dig into your snack and sit back munching away staring at the fire your little one asks you some questions. As you read her questions below, consider how you would answer.

Grandpa why does the President act so mean?

I am not allowed to say bad words, why does he say bad words?

I saw him make fun of someone who had a physical disability on TV, how come no one thought that was bad. I do.

Why does the President not like people who look different from us?

Does the President really love our country?

Grandpa what is a coward? Is our President a coward?

I am not sure what adultery is, but God said it is bad. I heard someone say the President has committed adultery? Should he be punished or will God do that?

Mama said our President makes us all feel bad about ourselves, why is that?

Will there be clean air to breathe and water to drink when I grow up? Why does our President not want to help make sure I will have that?

Why does the President lie all the time? I thought a lie was bad.

Why does the President look down on women and girls? I saw him make fun of a girl because she wants to help save our environment.

Why does the President pick on people and make fun of them? I think he is a bully and I don’t like bullies.

I don’t think the President should act like this. Do you?

Grandpa, why do you have tears in your eyes?

David Crane

Maggie Valley

Consider new era when discussing Second


To the editor:

The flintlock firing mechanism for single-shot, black powder, muzzleloader firearms was developed in the early 1600s. This system was used around 210 years or circa 1830 when the caplock powder ignition method came into use.

This was on the same type of firearm and used for another 30 years, or until around 1860, when cartridges were invented.

In 1791 the Second Amendment was added to the Constitution of the United States asserting the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. For approximately 175 years before the ratification of the Second Amendment and 70 years after, the only known firearms were single-shot flintlock and caplock muzzleloaders.

When these men drafted this amendment, there isn’t any question what kind of arms they were aware of. Generations of grandfathers, fathers, these drafters, their sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons only knew of weapons that didn’t fire cartridges.

Why doesn’t the Judiciary and Congress look at this amendment as if they were living in 1791? Why not put themselves in the place of men that knew of only one type of firearm that had been around universally for generations?

Charles Miller


Sunday paper is a winner; letter, not so muchTo the editor:

I was excited to see the new Sunday edition of The Mountaineer with its local interest stories and coverage of community news (plus the comics!).

Unfortunately, the Opinion page included a letter that was misleading and disrespectful of people with views contrary to those of the writer. In very derogatory language, the writer spilled out his disgust for national political candidates.

One of the benefits of living in this community is the general tone of courtesy that permeates every public gathering place, whether it is the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the gas station, or retail stores.

It is discouraging to see this kind of hatred on public display. I understand that the individual has a right to his opinion. It is also an opportunity for others to speak in opposition, hopefully not in the same hateful tone.

I don’t propose to debate his various skewed points. I will say that he is mimicking an argument that is flawed.

Mary Thomas


Thanks Haywood RegionalTo the editor:

On behalf of the family, I wish to thank Haywood Regional Hospital for the care provided to my father, Jim Trantham, and his family, during a recent hospital stay.

Notable staff include Emma, Daniel, Margorie, Kristina, Matt, Beth and Grace, doctors Morlak and Steele, and many others. While staff were competent and professional throughout, what stood out was the kindness and respect shown to us as we faced his terminal illness.

Staff prayed with us, provided honest information so we could make decisions, and allowed the whole family to gather in the hospital room to sing and pray as he passed away. We appreciate this care being available in our local hospital.

Doug Trantham


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