Here’s a sing-a-long to try at home

To the editor:

Thank you for the new format and keeping up with virus news.

To that end, here’s a nod to Carole King, whom I am certain would not mind this twist on her lyrics. It’s an easy sing-a-long.

Standing here all morning just to pass the time.

There’s something wrong here, there can be no denying.

A few of us vacationed. Communities now are dying.

And it’s too late, Covid, now it’s too late.

Though we sorta did try to break it.

Someone up high denied and further lied

That the media faked it. Oh no, no!

It used to be so easy living here with flu.

We were light and breezy and we knew just what to do.

Now we look so unhealthy but test kits are overdue.

And it’s too late, Covid, now it’s too late.

Though we sorta did try to break it.

Someone up high denied and further lied

That the media faked it. Oh no, no!

There’ll be good times again for me and you

But we just can’t stand together even on fescue.

‘til at last a vac’s in hand — oh how I will miss you!

And it’s too late, Covid, now it’s too late.

Though we sorta did try to break it.

Someone up high denied and further lied

That the media faked it. Oh no, no!

Susan Kumpf


With corona virus looming, it’s time to demand Medicaid expansion

To the editor:

In our states effort to “cut taxes,” our North Carolina Legislature had consistently refused to accept the Medicaid expansion money from the federal government, which would amount to about $8.3 billion dollars.

This has not cut our taxes as North Carolinians are paying this $8.3 billion to the federal government and then letting them give it to 32 other states. If you pay taxes, you are already paying for Medicaid expansion, but we are not getting this money back into the state.

Hospitals are closing and severely distressed at taking care of people who do not have coverage that otherwise would be available if our legislature would simply accept the money.

I have no idea how many jobs and how much health care can be delivered to us in our great state, but $8.3 billion would pay for a lot. Much of this would be for primary care to help prevent expensive ER visits after chronic conditions get out of control and are much more expensive to treat. Hospitals are stuck with the bill and this is what’s stressing and closing hospitals.

Now on the verge of pandemic corona virus, North Carolina needs this money now to prepare hospitals for the influx of patients that is going to happen.

I suspect that realization will come to the community and the legislature after the wave of illness has hit and then the damage will be done. The circular finger-pointing will begin, especially as the election season heats up.

This is not a Republican vs. Democrat thing. This is quite serious and about to (probably) get very much worse. I don’t want to be alarmist and certainly don’t want to panic people, but isn’t it better to be prepared?

Shouldn’t we get our money back? Why won’t the legislature simply accept the expansion money? Oh, our state would have to fund a small percentage — darn, we would have to have a small bit of skin in the game, but compared to hospitals closing (fortunately, for now, our Haywood Hospital is in good shape, but others around the state are in trouble or closing), now is the time to ask for our money back.

We all feel like we can’t do anything, but in this case every single phone call will count.

So, what can you do? Find the phone number to call your representatives Michelle Presnelle 828-208-3874 and Joe Sam Queen 828-452-1688 and your state senator: Jim Davis, 919-733-5874, and implore them to “Get our money back” by agreeing to accept the federal Medicaid expansion funds ASAP.

Everyone will be better for this change.

Alan Zacher

Lake Junaluska

Coronavirus is more serious than many believeTo the editor:

News reports regarding coronavirus may not have clearly explained why the situation is so serious.

First, coronavirus is much more contagious than “regular flu”. A person with “regular flu” infects, on average, 1.3 other people.

Person No. 1 infects No. 2, who infects No. through six degrees of contact, about 16 people get sick. A person with coronavirus infects an average of two or three people; let’s say 2.5.

So through six degrees of contact over 400 people are infected. That is what exponential growth looks like. Reducing the number of contacts reduces the rate of spreading.

A “chain reaction,” which drives atomic bombs, is exponential. That term also relates to coronavirus. To initiate a nuclear chain reaction a single neutron splits a uranium atom. Two or three neutrons are released.

Those neutrons split two or three other uranium atoms, and each of them releases two or three neutrons. And so on. The chain reaction has started.

If uncontrolled you have an atomic bomb. However, if controls are put in place (control rods in the nuclear case, social distancing in the viral case) the chain reaction is interrupted. In the nuclear case you have a power plant instead of a bomb. In the viral case hospitals are not overwhelmed and fewer people die.

Second, coronavirus may be up to 10 times as deadly as “flu.” Finally, people are contagious before they realize it, so they are unknowingly spreading the disease.

Young people may say, “I’m not worried. People my age hardly notice it.” Right. But by getting infected in a crowd you may be killing your grandmother.

For elderly people, once infected and hospitalized, surviving this virus is about as likely as surviving Russian roulette. Would you make Nana play Russian roulette?

Some states recognize what this means and are taking action that a lot of people think is over the top. It is not. If people don’t recognize the seriousness of the situation and take personal action by avoiding crowds, it could get out of control. Perhaps the Federal government finally gets it.

Spread the word.

Everett Baucom


Got a ‘Burr’ under your saddle?

Once again the Maggie bird produces an accusation of crime attributed to a Trump associate without any facts. So it is false news again.

The facts will be determined by factual knowledge of how Burr first learned of the wisdom to sell his stock. Bird’s opinion is not fact. Has Bird never noticed that stock brokers are alive and active around us?

Ronald Muse


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