Thoughtfulness at Dunkin Donuts

To the editor:

On Mothers Day I was in line to purchase donuts for my wife. When I arrived at the pickup window, I was told that the woman in the car ahead of me paid for my order.

To that woman, I wish to extend my heartfelt thanks to her for that kind act. I have no idea why she did it.

I was wearing my U.S. Army ball cap or she may have known me. Again I have no idea why. May God look down and bestow His Blessing upon you.

Pat Amato

Maggie Valley

Say no to conspiracy theory

To the editor:

I am begging you to please stop publishing letters that propagate conspiracy theories (ie: Beware of 5g,vaccines). It is not helpful and probably dangerous. Just because you receive a letter doesn’t mean you have to publish it.

Carrie Moreland

Waynesville

Thank you, Dr. Mark Jaben

To the editor:

Thank you, Dr. Mark Jaben, Haywood County medical director.

We have appreciated and looked forward to Dr. Jaben’s videos on the COVID-19 epidemic as it relates to Haywood County.

He has provided a calm and reasoned explanation of case statistics in our county and what it means for residents. His sense of humor has added a touch of lightness during this unsettling, difficult time for all.

Nancy Mazzarella and Bob Bahnsen

Waynesville

Mask up

To the editor:

I am not writing about a political issue, but a health issue. I am a senior citizen with a heart condition placing me in a high risk category. I am extremely concerned about staying COVID-19 free.

It is discouraging to visit local grocery stores and see many people without masks or face coverings. I wear mine to protect other families from me, in case I have the virus and am asymptomatic and don’t know I have it. I would hope others care about protecting my family and I in the same manner.

A solution to this issue could be the establishment of morning, masked-only shopping for a few hours daily. This would leave the vast majority of shopping time available to those that choose not to wear masks.

Nancy Copeland

Waynesville

Complete the Census

To the editor:

Only 49 percent of households in Haywood County have responded to the 2020 census. That’s a problem.

The census provides critical data that lawmakers and others use to provide support to our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

Because of the COVD-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Census management team has been extremely careful in handling it’s field operations. By now, workers should have already been canvassing nonresponsive households to get the data to meet the census deadline.

To the 51 percent who are waiting to respond, DO IT NOW! You can respond online, by mail or by phone. It’s really easy. And, If you don’t respond, I or someone like me, in a mask, will have to come to your home, which puts us both unnecessarily at risk.

Hank Kumpf

Clyde

Credible sources

To the editor:

Credible sources constitute the foundation of responsible news reporting.

In my almost 20 year career in newspaper journalism as a reporter and editor, it was essential that we know the credibility of news sources before using information from them in a story. Did they have an axe to grind? Did they have a record of honesty? Could we substantiate the facts from other sources?

This was back in the day of responsible journalism before greed for more and more profit became more important than truth-telling and fair and objective reporting. We didn’t always get it right, but we took pride in trying to present all sides of a story in a fair and impartial manner.

Today it is difficult to distinguish truth from fiction in much of print and broadcast journalism and especially on social media such as Facebook.

Our society is misinformed and misled because of the willingness to accept whatever is printed or said only if it appeals to one’s political persuasions or ideology. This is one of the main reasons for the bitter partisanship today.

An objective, fair and truth-telling Fourth Estate is key to an informed public and essential to keeping government honest. There are some good and objective news sources left on both the local and national levels, and I am thankful for them. It remains important for the viewer or reader to understand the difference between news and opinion, but many news organizations blend the two so as to make that a difficult if impossible discernment.

To use a cliche, we should always consider the source before making conclusions on what we read and hear.

I loved journalism, but I love working for God as a pastor much more. I still don’t get it all right, but I do know without doubt that my primary source, the Bible, is true, and that the good news is as current today as when it was written. I don’t understand it all, but I keep trying, and I rejoice in the promise it reveals for my salvation through my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, my hope in this life and for the life to come.

I loved journalism, but I love working for God as a pastor much more. I still don’t get it all right, but I do know without doubt that my primary source, the Bible, is true, and that the good news is as current today as when it was written. I don’t understand it all, but I keep trying, and I rejoice in the promise it reveals for my salvation through my Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ, my hope in this life and for the life to come.

By the way, my intention is not to compare journalistic credibility with the credibility of the Bible. Good Journalism is dependent on fallible human efforts toward a quest for truth. The Bible is the absolute truth, the infallible and inspired Word of God, a book of revelation about faith for seekers of eternal truths. It’s not always easy to understand given the figurative language and ancient metaphor, but it is always true.

I know some of you will take issue with some of what I am saying. That’s okay. I love you with the love of Christ.

Shalom, my friends, shalom!

DeVere Williams

Maggie Valley

Disagreement on the Postal Service

To the editor:

I very much disagree with the writer complaining about the US Postal Service.

The US government does not fund the postal service, but appropriates funds for the UPS to pay for only three things: postage-free mailing for legally blind people, mail-in election ballots sent from US citizens living overseas and partial reimbursement to the USPS for costs of providing address information to state and local child support enforcement agencies.

Private carriers have shown no interest in carrying the mail which the post office now carries.

In addition, in many places voting can only be accomplished through the mail, and the current pandemic makes it even more critical that we have a trusted organization like the US Postal Service to carry the votes.

Congress has grossly inflated the Postal Service costs and refused to allow the Service to raise rates to cover the costs. If you have complaints, take them to your congressional representatives.

Our postal service is the envy of the world and highly reliable. It is a much needed service.

Virginia S. Moe

Waynesville

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