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Letters, oct. 14

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Protect capitalism this election

To the editor:

If voters vote to allow the “Democrat Socialists” to run the United States, you will be voting for something that your parents or grandparents fought against in World War II.

They knew that socialism always leads to communism, and once it is embedded, it is impossible to remove. Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II both knew the evils of socialism and communism and fought extensively to defeat it. The people of Poland and the Ukraine knew those evils all too well.

If you disliked your parents taking half of your income from your teenage job, told you who you could go out with, what you should eat or where you could go, you will not like it when “Democrat Socialists” tell you the same thing.

Capitalism and the free market have their faults, but they provide opportunity and freedom that people flock to the U.S. to experience. A good book to read (or listen to on audio) before this election is The 5,000-Year Leap, by W. Cleon Skousen, which explains the genius of the Constitution that our country’s founders formulated.

I am sadly aware that our education system no longer teaches civics, which your grandparents studied extensively, and learned the workings of our government and the power of the Constitution of the United States.

This election is a clear choice between socialism, which leads to poverty for most and prosperity for the few who have control, and a land of opportunity for all offered by the Constitution of our Democratic Republic.

Mary Harrah


Don’t destroy moonshine

To the editor:

The world is suffering through a pandemic; our country has lost over 213,000 individuals to date; there’s massive unemployment and underemployment; small and large businesses are going out of business daily; there is widespread food insecurity; riots in the streets; the West coast of our country is in flames (regardless of the reasons); hurricanes are ravaging the Gulf and East coasts; and we a facing one of the most important elections our country has witnessed in generations; etc., etc.,etc.

And, our legal system is spending considerable time, money and effort putting Michelle Lynn from keeping, what she claims, is the last of “Popcorn” Sutton’s moonshine. I believe in our legal system, but c’mon guys.

Alan Sheinfeld


Music from events center is objectionable

To the editor:

I am a resident of Foxfire Estates II near Smoky Mountain Event Center. I am writing to clear up misconceptions whether the noise from the sound system of Latino/Mexican celebrations and the new drive by concerts is disruptive to the surrounding communities.

It is extremely disruptive. Do not listen to the lies published about “wonderful music venue” or very little complaints of noise. The residents of Foxfire I and II and Regina Park have been complaining for years to the fairground’s board of directors, which includes your elected Commissioner Tommy Long and to the Sheriff’s Office, with no resolution.

With the addition of drive by concerts homes nearby vibrate. Pictures move on walls, you can’t hear television, conversation or your own music.

You can’t entertain for interruption. It’s difficult to concentrate at all. Plates rattle on walls like an earthquake. These are obvious affects, but prolonged discomfort takes a silent toll on mental and physical health.

I’ve worn headset ear protection inside my home, yet still hear concerts. A contractor on my deck was shocked at my home vibrating and our ears ringing during the Oct. 2 concert.

To the fairground’s manager: No, you are wrong. It didn’t “go off without a hitch.” Not everyone “was dancing.” This type of music and sound systems belong far away from homes.

The low topography causes sound to travel up into the hills, into our homes. The board can change the name, but it is still just fairgrounds. It will never be an appropriate venue for loud music and loud music and sound systems because of nearby homes.

And a rumored “shell” to permanently hold such musical events would be fatal to the surrounding taxpaying residents. Our noise ordinance could just as easily be read to imply at all times, but the county focuses on the word “particularly” so it is only enforced after 10 p.m.

Review it. Please write to your county commissioners that if they want to welcome such concerts, find a suitable venue. Not your backyard. Otherwise watch your property values plummet as you continue to pay county taxes.

Linda Sexton


Healthcare at risk

This election season brings the usual mudslinging on both sides. Ignore it. But pay attention to two important facts: Republicans in D.C. tried for ten years to abolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which protects people with pre-existing conditions, and Republicans in Raleigh have prevented Medicaid expansion.

Several weeks ago, I wrote about DC Republicans’ many attempts to abolish ACA. Here you’re reminded what Republicans have done in Raleigh.

ACA envisioned that low-income people would receive coverage through Medicaid. However, the Supreme Court let each state decide on expanded coverage. The Republican-controlled NC Legislature, led by Thom Tillis, declined expanded coverage in 2014, leaving 500,000 low-income North Carolinians without medical insurance. They’ve repeatedly supported that position.

Joe Sam Queen understands the needs of his constituents and has led efforts to expand coverage for low-income people while Republicans block it.

Medicaid expansion has been adopted in 38 states with strong positive impacts on both their healthcare and economies including, among others:

Improved access to medical care and medications, including treatment of opioid abuse and mental health issues.

Greater early-stage diagnosis of cancer and other progressive diseases, significantly reducing treatment costs (and saving lives).

Expanded capacity meeting increased demands for care (meaning more good-paying jobs); e.g., 30,000 jobs were created in Colorado and 40,000 jobs, in Kentucky.

Reduced probability of hospital closures, especially in rural areas. Conversely, most of the 120 hospitals closed since 2010 are in states without expanded Medicaid.

Costs to hospitals for uncompensated care have been reduced 40%, and the percentage of people with medical debt has greatly decreased.

In those 38 states the Federal Government picks up 90-95% of the cost. So, your federal tax dollars are funding coverage in those states, but not here!

All this without stressing state resources.

Experience in these 38 states proves Republican arguments against expansion are false. Yet Republicans in Raleigh still refuse to accept Medicaid expansion — with COVID now raging.

You can change that on Nov. 3.

Everett Baucom


Take this test

To the editor:

I’m sure most folks in Haywood County have made up their minds about the current candidates; many have already voted. But a few might still be on the fence, so for your as-yet-undecided readers, I offer this little quiz.

Can you identify which candidate made each of the statements below? Choose Biden or Trump.

1. “I’m the only one who’s talked about increasing police budgets.”

2. “I do not support defunding police. The better answer is to give police departments the resources they need to implement meaningful reforms, and to condition other federal dollars on completing those reforms.”

3. “His budget calls for a $400 million cut in local law enforcement assistance.”

4. “Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting. None of this is protesting. It’s lawless. It’s plain and simple. And those who do it should be prosecuted.”

5. “Make no mistake, we will not let these vigilantes and extremists derail the path to justice.”

6. “I like taking the guns early.”

7. “We are a divided nation, and each week it seems we’re getting more and more divided, with race riots in our streets on a monthly basis. This is not the America that was handed down to us, and it’s not the America we want given to our children. But this is the America we will have if we don’t change our leadership immediately.”


1) Biden on Feb. 5, 2020.

2) Biden on June 2, 2020.

3) Biden on Sept. 29, 2020.

4) Biden on Aug. 31, 2020.

5) Sorry, this one’s a ringer: Kamala Harris on Aug. 27, 2020.

6) Trump on Feb. 28, 2018.

7) Trump on Oct. 3, 2016.

Susan Dawkins


What’s a good Catholic?

To the editor:

If the Pope of the Catholic Church is against abortion then how can anyone call themselves good Catholics if they think that abortion is OK before or after birth? My question is how can Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi call themselves good Catholics when they are both for killing babies?

If you believe it is wrong to kill babies, then how can you vote for Joe Biden or Moe Davis? The reason I included Moe Davis he will if he wins, he will vote for Nancy Pelosi.

In God’s 10 Commandments he stated. Thou shall not kill.

God bless America. Please.

Al Goodis


Surprise, surprise

To the editor:

One of the biggest surprises we face in heaven is – while not needing to answer for our sins all happily under the blood – we will face down all those lazy disobediences and events, people and things neglected.

Like what? Like allowing our children to stray because we were “too busy,” “too tired,” and “too broke” — all in quotes because they are standard American alibis for virtually every ignored situation or issue. And voting.

According to Pew Research, which makes a business of getting quality answers to big questions, 21% of Americans have not registered to vote. Some say they hate politics. Well, that is understandable; I hate cancer too but if I ignore it, it could cost me my life.

And these days there is a cancer of socialism storming — angry, hate-filled — across the land and making everyone sick of politics — as if they weren’t already.

Political cancer can’t be stopped by ignoring it. And you don’t need to know anything about the issues either. Just knowing that someone has no trouble killing a living baby in a hospital room because — well someone failed to kill it previously — should be enough.

If you vote your values, your morals, your principles and your conscience that alone should tell you which levers to pull. That’s the simplified version.

The complicated version is not that hard either. Every person you send to Congress is going to have a leader telling them what to do. Is that leader a moral, righteous person? Maybe not. Politicians are on a team and when you vote for one you are in effect voting for the whole team.

We’ve allowed thieving rascals to buy textbooks that boldly lie about American history, life and politics. We failed to vote even when we knew Congressman Dirt Bag had his hand in the till or Mayor Mrs. Big Hair was using law enforcement dollars for beautification schemes to placate businessmen or union’s special interests.

America is unique among nations. Our elected officials are not our leaders — they are our employees; we are responsible for how they govern and how they spend our money as well as what they refuse to do.

Chinese can’t. Most Indians are powerless. Middle Eastern nations are run by religious tyrants. Russia is on her death bed dead drunk. God will want to know — were you a change agent for good in your country? Heaven is full of surprises.

Herb Trenka


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