Turning away from Godly principles

To the editor:

America is ‘reaping a whirlwind’ after ‘sowing to the wind’ for the past 57 years. What did our leaders think was going to happen?

History shows that a people who abandon Godly principles as a nation will fail sooner rather than later (also, read Habakkuk in the Bible). The colluded disassembly of the present administration is a good example; still, the perpetrators have not paid for their crimes.

Ask yourself: Why did men like Heath Shuler (N.C.) and Trey Gowdy (S.C.) leave government after only a very short tenure? I believe it is because they saw the hopelessness of fighting the well-ingrained systemic evil on Capitol Hill (a.k.a. The Swamp), an evil which could have been avoided had the Founders of the Constitution established term limits in the beginning. Rather than spend their substance in futility, they opted to ‘retire.’

ohn Bolton is an excellent example of the greed, avarice and general lack of integrity of many in positions of power today. Something told me, the very first time I beheld him on TV, that he was not to be trusted. I only wish the President had seen that as well.

For now and for history, John Bolton is the new Benedict Arnold. As the Lord has so far saved this nation from his tyranny, God will now save us, if we will “humble ourselves, and pray, and seek [His] face and turn from our wicked ways.” (II Chronicles 7:14, in part). It is clear that this is our only hope.

David Williams


Commissioners coverage excellentTo the editor:

Luke Weir did an excellent job on his coverage of the Monday night commissioner meeting.

The opposition does not get the message. They keep repeating last year’s news. The Open Door is closed and the homeless are being sheltered and causing no problems.

If they do not want them back in Frog Level with no shelter, then they need to be donating to their cause. They did not even acknowledge that most are no longer in Frog Level, but if we do not get the funding then I guess that is where they will be returning to.

That was their place before the merchants moved in. Every town has their homeless place. If they do not like it, then help us provide for them elsewhere. This is a county problem, not one we can solve without complete cooperation and funding.

Jean Parris


Elected leader actions should serve as examples To the editor:

The Mountaineer printed an editorial on Wednesday, June 17, about the actions of a few of our elected officials.

The editorial raises the question whether our representatives are leading in accordance with the high standards many of us have come to expect. Two commissioners were cited as not comfortable wearing masks (although they do wash their hands and practice social distancing).

Growing evidence indicates that wearing a mask in public makes a major difference in the transmission of COVID-19. It is possible to find a face covering that is lightweight and still effective. I am personally assured by those (many of whom I don’t know) who wear a mask in public. Just like those who always observe the speed limit, I know they are doing everything possible to keep the community safe.

The editorial also spotlighted recent actions by Mr. Pless regarding a social media dispute with a constituent who was critical of his comments. The editorial pointed out that property ownership should not be a factor in taking a constituent’s concern seriously. North Carolina abolished the property qualification for voting in 1856.

Owning property does not give special privileges to one constituent over the other. According to data from the 2018 American Community Survey, there are more than 27,000 occupied housing units in Haywood County.

Over 7,700 of those are occupied by renters. In my opinion, that is a lot of voters to ignore or disregard. Thanks for doing the job of journalists set forth in the constitution to hold our leaders accountable.

Mary Thomas


Supporting the editor’s views

To the editor:

We support the editor’s views expressed in “Public officials should be shining examples of citizenry” (From the Editor on June 17). The appalling refusal to wear a mask and keep Haywood County’s infection curve flattened defies logic.

Like the nation’s top leadership, County Commissioners Kirkpatrick and Rogers show themselves to be magical-thinking kind of guys with a willful ignorance of how to forestall this threat to our public health.

Tracing has helped, but we do not have a vaccination nor adequate testing to stay safe as guards come down. Opening local businesses requires trust on both sides of the counter, especially as tourism resumes. Wear a mask. Vote for candidates who wear them. Support businesses that require them. Keep the curve flat.

Susan Kumpf


Here we go again

To the editor:

Haywood County Representative, Jack Felmet (NC House, 1960s), wanted to find a spot to put a landfill, creating service for this county for household trash. He convinced Cousin Harley Francis to sell his private land. This land was adjacent to Felmet property.

He stated that, “If the landfill hurts me, so be it.” But he didn’t know that he would make his daughter Betty wealthy.

The property that the county purchased was $900,000, which we feel was far over the county valuation. Fill dirt was brought in at the cost of $400,000. What were the county commissioners thinking? Now they let a bid for $8 million to move the old landfill on a pad and to cover it.

We on Francis Farm Road, Blanton Drive and Palmer Road listened to bulldozer noises and the smells for 20 years. Now the EPA wants to disturb the landfill again.

The county says the EPA is requesting them to do this. Dan McCracken, working with the EPA while the landfill was open for dumping, saw that every step was followed according to health and safety codes of the time.

During the 20 years of the existing landfill, seepage began to make its way to underground water, which in turn, made several wells have unsafe water.

The seepage forms at the foot of the landfill which in turn, makes its way to Raccoon Creek, which then makes its way to Lake Junaluska, which makes people at the Assembly angry.

I wonder if the Assembly is behind the county and the state to see that this project moves forward.

Citizens, you and I are going to pay this $10 million price tag.

Now is the time to stop this project.

Wade Francis


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