Thank you for the “Voting is Brisk in Haywood” article and a huge thank you to the Haywood County election office and staff.
The burden on election offices in North Carolina and other states is enormous and beyond the call of duty.
I believe that our state law provides that “The chair of each political party in the county can appoint two observers per voting place and state political parties can each designate 100 at-large observers who are North Carolina registered voters, and they can observe any voting place in the state. Individuals authorized to appoint observers submit a signed list of the observers in writing to the county board of elections, who send the list to each precinct.”
It appears that the law is vague as to the duties and authority of the appointed poll observers regarding challenging the vote of a citizen. I recently learned that 2020 election deniers, trained by Cleta Mitchell’s group NCEIT and by John Eastman, are serving as poll observers in Haywood County and in North Carolina.
Please understand that I am not questioning the integrity of my fellow citizens (or the chairs of the party that appointed them) who volunteered and have been recommended and appointed, but I am concerned about the training they received by this group and how it might impact their understanding of their duties and about the impact on our election.
Finally, I am grateful for the paper ballot edition to computer voting.
I’d like to point out that I was confused for a few seconds by the message I received when I chose not to make a selection in an individual race and hit next. After I hit “next,” a screen appeared telling me I had not made a selection. I worried that I could not go forward. I hit “Next” again and was advanced to the next category.
Don’t know how fellow citizens reacted. Thank you again to our election workers. May they keep safe.
Making Waynesville more like Asheville
While you are asleep, the town of Waynesville is pressing ahead to approve a 75-unit hotel on a tiny lot on Depot Street.
No parking is provided on site as required of everyone else that builds in town. So the weird plan is to require valet parking .211 miles away in a remote parking garage owned by the county.
That is .422 mile walk to get any item out of “your” car that was parked by a stranger in a concrete tower. And, it gets worse.
Even though the town sewer treatment system is failing and no “grant money” is available, they justify to hook up a 75-unit motel to our failed system that had a sewer tap for a small “pancake house.” Does anybody do math?
Won’t it be great when they then dump potentially 100 cars in swamped parking area?
Yes. For Walmart and tow truck operators.
A recent column in the Mountaineer entitled “Gasoline prices and the price of the future” should not have been submitted as though it was written by the WNC Climate Action Coalition.
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We regret any confusion this may have caused. The Western North Carolina Climate Action Coalition works with people from diverse political, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
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Hats off to sheriff candidates
Your headline for the Oct. 26 story titled “Who will be the next sheriff in town?” was extremely encouraging to me to see a local campaign with such integrity.
Neither candidate, Larry Bryson or Bill Wilke, chose the typical approach of trying to belittle their opponent with negative character slurs. It was clearly evident that their individual plans on how to operate the sheriff’s office were totally different. Nevertheless, each individual merely presented their respective plans to the voting public rather than being hypercritical of their opponent. How refreshing!
Regardless of how each of us is politically motivated and registered, in this case, it does not matter. The only concern is which plan you personally determine will work best for the sheriff’s office. I tip my hat to both candidates and in my opinion, there is no loser in this race, regardless of the final results.
Hopefully this will be the beginning of realizing that political differences can be appropriately handled.
Thank you Larry Bryson and Bill Wilke.
65-year Haywood resident
Look beyond certifications
A letter in the Wednesday issue challenged the qualifications of the Republican sheriff candidate. This is a rebuttal.
According to state law, a person is eligible to run for sheriff is they are 21 or older, have not been convicted of a felony and is a registered voter in the county where the public office is sought.
You do not have to have any law enforcement experience. The fact that certification is not being held may not be as big of a deal as some are making it sound. Due to certain jobs, North Carolina prohibits you from also being law enforcement at the same time, so certification cannot be held.
The question needs to be: Is his person prepared to become sheriff? His life is pretty much at the service of the people 24/7 for the next four years. In addition, the first couple of years being a “new” sheriff, he undergoes a lot of training at the same time as performing his duties. NC Sheriff Training and Standards, which set the rules for becoming sheriff, also screens all participants who are running for sheriff to make sure they qualify before the person can run for election, which both candidates running met the criteria.
Bill Wilke’s background in not only law enforcement but the military, which shows he has what it takes to be a leader, bring people together and get things done.
It is not about buying “toys” to look or play “Rambo.” It’s about keeping our kids and the people of this county safe, which means training for deputies and the proper equipment.
Obviously this man cares about people. If he didn’t then he would not be running to turn his life over to the people for four years. Would you be willing to do the same?
It is time for new and fresh ideas. I feel Bill Wilke is the right man for the job.