Thanks for opinion piece

To the editor:

Thanks to Alexander H. Jones for the well-researched, accurate, thoughtful, and well-written opinion piece, “Red America is holding Blue America Hostage.” And thank you to The Mountaineer for running it. I am delighted to see such sensible views expressed.

Virginia S. Moe

Waynesville

Not the time for a festival

To the editor:

Is there anything more foolish – nay, plain stupid – than holding the Church Street Festival on Waynesville’s Main Street this Saturday? Thousands of visitors, many of them, no doubt, not vaccinated, will be rubbing shoulders and breathing into each others’ faces.

COVID is very much still amongst us, with a rising, and dangerous, Delta variant. Who authorized this stupidity?

Let’s just hope the hospital has plenty of new beds to accommodate all the new COVID patients.

JoAnna Swanson

Waynesville

Let’s put common interests ahead of differences

To the editor:

You and I shop at the same grocery stores here in our community. We enjoy the same festivals in the downtown area. We also cheer for the same high school athletic teams, work out at the same gyms, support the same local restaurants, and receive healthcare services from the same medical providers in the region. We worship the same deity, although maybe in different locations. You and I support our farmers by purchasing their eggs and produce, and we both enjoy our local breweries and good music. We have much in common. We love this community and want it to thrive. So I ask, what caused you to see me as the enemy? How did I come to be seen as the “other,” as someone different who deserves to be hated? When I open the local paper and scroll the editorials or review the same paper’s comments from readers on Facebook, the hate spews out in the form of names such as idiot, moron and stupid, or with political labels that are used to divide us. The hate in your heart baffles me. How does it benefit you to harbor such feelings? The hatred and anger can’t be good for your physical or mental well-being. To be sure there are enemies in our midst who are intent on destroying us and those enemies are the ones who fill your head with the notion that anyone with different views or different anything is not worthy. But that is not me. I am your neighbor, your coworker, your fellow worshiper, your friend, your family. Let’s try to put our common interests ahead of our differences.

Teri Domagalski

Waynesville

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