Address dangers in Frog Level

To the editor:

At the meeting held at Frog Level Brewing, residents made it perfectly clear they were fed up with the growing transient population, many of whom are potentially and possibly dangerous.

A pastor of Long’s Chapel, which sponsors the Open Door soup kitchen, claimed it was the church’s duty to take care of the needy. This is — and is not — true. It is true in the sense that churches of any denomination need to care about those requiring help to get through everyday life. Is that not part of a church’s “raison d’etre”?

It is not true to mean that the Open Door has to be in the middle of Frog Level, where vagrants harass residents who want to patronize Frog Level merchants. On two occasions, I have been harassed by drifters demanding money.

If Long’s Chapel is so intent on keeping the Open Door open, then let them move it into Long’s Chapel. The church can provide transportation to and from the church, with pick-up and drop-off at a designated point.

The Waynesville town government has, for too long, been much too “soft” on this subject. Drifters are being bused in from other towns because Waynesville is known to not want to offend anybody for anything, and therefore, has not shown discretion about the difference between mothers and children who need a temporary place (like Pathways) to stay, and harmful vagrants who have begun to become aggressive in being a nuisance.

It is hoped that the new post-election town board (whomever they are) will show more gumption in doing something about this problem.

JoAnna Swanson

Waynesville

Please answer these Medicare for All questions

To the editor:

I agree with the wish that all Americans were healthy and had access to a kind competent family doctor. However, I have many questions about the call for “Medicare for All.” I have read and heard what it might cost but not enough about what it will do.

Why is it being touted as ‘free’ when I paid part of my paycheck to Medicare for years. Now that I am retired, I still pay over $130 each month for Medicare, Part B. Will those costs go away?

Currently, Medicare pays approximately 80 percent of hospital and doctors bills. Will “Medicare for All” pay 100 percent?

With “Medicare for All,” will I still be able to buy an Advantage Plan for Humana or United Health? If not, will those large corporations go out of business and fire all their workers?

Will all hospitals be reimbursed at the current Medicare rates, which could drive small, rural hospitals out of business?

Will the new “Medicare for All” have the authority to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to hold down drug prices?

How will the new “Medicare for All” avoid the corruption and abuses seen in the current Medicare program?

Could anyone answer my questions because I have watched every Democrat debate and not heard any details nor answers.

Beth G. Johnson

Maggie Valley

These are impeachable offenses

To the editor:

Rep. Mark Meadows’ background being limited to real estate is proving a dangerous hindrance to our state’s and America’s survival as an independent nation.

Meadows should ask former prosecutors and attorneys general in Congress to explain federal law to him. In the mean time, below is a short lesson on impeachable offenses, courtesy of two esteemed authorities at moderate to conservative organizations.

Frank O Bowman III is on the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Law. Dr, Bowman says that Trump’s trying to extort information from the Ukraine “with no legitimate U.S. national purpose” is the clearest, most undeniable evidence for impeachment of any U.S. president in history.

To double Trump’s betrayal of America, to pick on the Ukraine was especially despicable because this nation is “literally at risk of losing its political and territorial independence” if it cannot get weapons to defend itself against Russia, which has already illegally seized part of its sovereign land. “It’s plainly an abuse of power, and it’s plainly impeachable,” Bowman said. Whether or not Trump’s extortion attempt was canceled makes no difference whatsoever because the attempt itself is a violation of federal law.

Another undeniable conclusion comes from Jeffrey A. Engel, who directs the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas — about as truly conservative as an organization can be:

“I think these are quite clearly, precisely the type of high crimes and misdemeanors that the founders not only feared but actually discussed at the constitutional convention.”

Who profits from Trump’s and Meadows’s betrayal of their oaths of office? As with every other Trump behavior, Vladimir Putin and his Russia.

Mary Jane Curry

Waynesville

The famous fence

To the editor:

I have lived my entire life here in Haywood County. I was born, raised, and hopefully will die in WNC. I have witnessed a lot of change in our town over the nearly 37 years I have been here. Most of those changes I haven’t been happy about or agreed with. They like to call it progress I guess, but to me it’s the opposite.

I was raised under the idea though that what a person did on their own property was their business. I still believe that to be true. As long as what a person does on their property does not physically affect me in any way it’s none of my business.

We live in a country that has great freedoms, sometimes the cost of those freedoms is putting up with stuff we do not like or even agree with. If you don’t like the way a man’s property looks then look somewhere else or move. Before the non native residents begin complaining about eye sores here is something for them to consider.

Every time I ride by Eagles Nest and look at the mountain, I’m disgusted at how it’s been butchered for new homes. Every time I ride by Allens Creek, Jonathan Creek and Maggie Valley, my stomach begins to roll at what used to be. The mountains where a lot of us were able to run free and hunt have now been sold and cut up for housing. I could go on and on.

It’s the ones who were born here who are dealing with the real eye sores.

Dereak Owen

Waynesville

Better results desired

To the editor:

I was disappointed to read the empty criticism concerning Joey Reece. In the broad sense, I believe Reece wants even better results than we are getting and so do I and every good law officer. Find me a police or deputy that is happy as long as drugs are out there and people are dying and kids being abused; then that would be problem.

Ronald C. Muse

Waynesville

Consider this when writing about politics

To the editor:

As the 2020 election cycle races toward next November, one can predict that political opinions (Democrat or Republican) offered in the “Your Views” section of The Mountaineer will become more frequent, more pointed and sometimes unfortunately, more personal.

Free speech notwithstanding, either side feeling the need to write in support of their favorite candidate or political party might want to remember that ours is a small community where we all live, work, play, shop, worship and raise our children together. Regardless of one’s political views, we are still neighbors in this beautiful mountain area of Western North Carolina.

It’s OK to support your favority party/candidate, but there’s no need to chastise the opposition. Please forego the name calling, hate speech, questioning of patriotism, etc.

Hopefully, The Mountaineer will act as a monitor in this regard and only publish political opinion letters that are short, civil and respectful of one another.

Dave Matthys

Waynesville

Repeal and replace Mark Meadows

To the editor:

On Oct. 23, 2019, a group of House Republicans acted like lemmings apparently following Trump’s directions to stage a distraction by occupying the SCIF, the secure facility to listen in to closed door testimony in the hearing of the impeachment investigation.

The catch is that Meadows should have been in the hearing room instead of the sensationalistic posturing as he is actually one of the 47 Republicans on the committees involved in the investigation. If he was doing the Congressional job to which he was elected, he would have been in the hearing instead of grandstanding for the benefit of Donald Trump.

He helped perpetuate the disinformation that Republicans were not being represented in the hearings. This is yet another example of Meadows’ hypocrisy.

Mr. Meadows has also supported the bogus claim that the Russia interference in the 2016 election was a hoax and that Attorney General Barr is justified in his “investigation” of the Russian investigation. When will Meadows stop embarrassing himself, and by extension, North Carolina?

Consider these facts:

1. Russian bots consistently flooded the internet with messages that promoted Trump and harmed Clinton.

2. Trump’s campaign manager gave Russian operatives polling data from the Trump campaign.

3. Trump activists told others that they were in contact with Russians for the benefit of the Trump campaign.

4. Trump campaign officials and other Trump associates, including Donald Jr., held dozens of meetings with a variety of Russians including those associated with Putin.

5. Rudy Giuliani and his recently arrested Russian associates are accused of campaign violations. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg of the evidence suggesting that Russia did interfere in the election and that Trump and his campaign were working closely with Russian operatives even if there was no “formal” agreement on cooperation.

6. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, recently issued the bipartisan report based on more than two years of investigation stating that, indeed, Russians interfered with and are continuing to interfere in our upcoming election.

Mark Meadows has voted against HR 4617 (stopping harmful interference in elections), which would have required campaigns to report foreigh interference in elections to the Federal Elections Committee. Rep. Tom Cole, R-OK, said the law “poses draconian limitations on online political advertising”

To paraphrase Sen. Lloyd Bentson in 1988, “You sir, (Mark Meadows) are no Elijah Cummings.”

Nancy Copeland

Waynesville

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