Let’s talk the walk

To the editor:

Isn’t it great, so light the lights, everything should be coming up roses because Maggie Valley could have the whole world on a string. Maggie Valley has Soco Road for entertainment but its hidden treasure lies adjacent to Soco Road and that’s Johnathan Creek.

I’m sure Maggie Valley has not lost its progressive vision, so just maybe a plan that can say Maggie’s back in town. According to many Haywood County maps, there is a four mile greenway along turbulent Johnathan Creek, and this linear corridor should be made into an expansive walkway from the east end of Moody Farm Road past the Post Office to the second pavilion.

Walking is the greatest form of transportation and this canopied tree lined park would become a worldwide vacation destination. Tourism, tourism, tourism. Think big, the Blue Ridge Parkway became a reality only when politicians begrudgingly made it happen. San Antonio has its never-walk and it doesn’t even babble.

Talk is cheap, but remember, can’t never did anything. This very beautiful area needs a focal point. Let’s make it this village. Don’t rain on my parade and please, Mountaineer, don’t wait til April 1 to print.

Harry Radebaugn


Raised in the deep south

To the editor:

I appreciated the piece on the July 15 religion page by Joslyn Shaefer titled, “Memories and Monuments Mold us.” Like Rev. Shaefer, I was raised in the deep south, in Memphis Tennessee.

As a youngster I played in Forest Park, which was anchored by a statue of General Nathan Bedford Forest mounted on his horse.

It was pretty impressive. There were plenty of Confederate flags to be seen there in the 1950s and I loved singing Dixie during my years growing up.

But I grew up.

In 1 Corinthians 13:11 Paul writes, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” Now I view the world with more sensitivity and understanding. I love this country and I realize that General Nathan Bedford Forest, as well as Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis and others were enemies of this country.

They were leaders of an armed insurrection, a civil war, to bring down the United States of America. I no longer see them and the culture that produced them as glorious.

Some argue that the Civil War was about states’ rights, but it is beyond foolish to deny the importance of slave labor in perpetuating the economy and social structure of the American South.

White Southerners needed their slaves, and they went to war to preserve the world as they knew it.

So here we are today, divided over whether statues of Confederate leaders and the Confederate flag should be preserved as reminders of our history or that they are racist and tragically inappropriate symbols.

My mind recoils at the thought that any person could consider it morally acceptable to enslave another.

The fact that we White Americans did that, shames me to my core. Monuments to this heritage cause me heartache, not pride. And to those who wave the Confederate flag in their yard or from their truck, I say grow up.

It’s time to put away childish things. We must move forward, Black and White together. It’s long past time to offer Black Americans the respect and opportunities that most Whites take for granted.

One show of respect is to remove the monuments and flag that glamorize a chapter in American history that was anything but glamorous.

Nancy Thomason


Losing freedom of speech

To the editor:

I just read the story about Bill Nolte in The Mountaineer and I was troubled by it. Not in a negative way but by how it has gotten so offensive by people that want to be offended by everyone.

Let it be known by everyone that I am not racist in any way, shape or form. I just need to set something straight. I cannot believe how much freedom of speech has been taken from us.

I always believed anything I said did not mean I was trying to offend anyone, but these days I guess that’s not true.

My fifth generation grandparents did have slaves but it has been proven that they were treated as equals and were even left valuables in their wills, and now they are even buried with their slaves right along beside them.

True, a lot of the slave-owners did not believe as my ancestors did, but there is the fact that not all bad apples spoil the whole basket! We are all human beings so please, let’s start acting like it.

Betty Sutton


Our silent politicians

To the editor:

Tax paying citizens of Haywood County and Western North Carolina, why will our elected politicians refuse to answer a question?

I posed this question by e-mail and then by telephone. “Senator Richard Burr, Senator Thom Tillis and Speaker Pelosi, why can the democrat party run for President of our great country, a man that admitted on public Television, as Vice President, he threatened Ukraine, he would withhold any money that was going to be sent to Ukraine.

They had six hours until his plane was to leave. If the prosecutor that was trying to prosecute his son was not fired. Biden laughed and cursed they did. This is what the government has labeled quid-pro-quo. The same crime the democrats brought against our sitting President Donald J. Trump, for impeachment charges.”

I think American citizens have a right to know the answer. Richard Burr, Thom Tillis and Nancy Pelosi have refused to answer. It seems what is good for the goose should be good for the gander. What say yea?

James R. Stinnett


No need for action

To the editor:

It would not be surprising to see Dr. Nolte announce that he is considering resigning from the Haywood County school system since our intolerant board of education has turned politically correct.

This fine, highly qualified man doesn’t need to suffer mistreatment at the hands of a band of good old boys and others who think they know how to run a school system. There are other counties where his education, knowledge and experience would be better appreciated and rewarded. As “Chub” Sewell used to say, “call your next case.”

Otis Sizemore

Maggie Valley

New woes with truth

To the editor:

I am extremely disappointed with the Haywood County school board. I have been working under the (false) assumption that leaders in Haywood County would not be part of the lunacy that is trying to destroy our country.

I have not seen any report of anyone asking if what Bill Nolte said was true. I suspect that is because everyone knows that it is true. So, now telling the truth is not permitted here either.

Bob Persons


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