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Letters, Sept. 9

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Davis’ vision promotes education

To the editor:

The second N.C. 11 debate between Moe Davis and Madison Cawthorn includes the topic of educating our children. The two candidates come to explain their vision and their plan to achieve them.

Moe Davis’ website includes his agenda for education and addresses local funding, teacher pay, broadband, and our crushing student debt. Moe Davis proposes that all student loans be transferred to the Department of Education with the loan rate capped at zero percent interest.

Madison Cawthorn’s website is silent on education, but my online search found Cawthorn describing himself as “a big picture guy who needs detailed people around me.” Cawthorn told iVoteNorthCarolina, “This might sound radical, but I think we need to abolish the Department of Education.”

That does not sound radical — it sounds uninformed. These are exactly the ‘detailed people’ that Cawthorn says he needs around him to succeed. Who exactly would take their place to advise him on legislation impacting our rural schools?

A Hendersonville native, Cawthorn is a 2013 homeschool graduate who withdrew from advanced education during his first semester and abandoned his educational goals. It’s unclear why he dropped out — it was before his 2014 accident.

If Cawthorn graduated with a nationally standardized test, then how did he stumble so soon? Time management issues? Poor study habits? Too easily distracted to stay the course? Voters need to know, and the debate may give answers.

In contrast, Moe Davis is a 1976 Shelby High School graduate who went on to get a degree in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State in 1980. He obtained his law degree in 1983 from N.C. Central University School of Law. His career includes 25 years of distinguished military service. Voters need to hear how Davis’ years as a law professor, a judge, and a speaker have influenced his views on public education.

Moe Davis has my support based on his experience and policies. Cawthorn’s desire to serve our district is admirable, but he is unprepared for the job. The debates will show which candidate can move our communities forward and can succeed in Washington.

Susan Kumpf


Voters have a moral obligation to look at facts

To the editor:

Here in America, citizens are facing three major dilemmas: a very serious pandemic that has already killed over 183,000 people, widespread racial protests and a most important presidential election.

In John 8:32, Jesus provides the best advice to address each: “Ye shall know the truth and it shall make you free.“ In John 14:6, he also said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Plus, if we seek the truth using the expectations of Jesus in each of these matters we can and will make the right decisions for ourselves, our fellow citizens and our country.

While each issue is very important, the most compelling “Truth” question facing most of us is the presidential election.

What is the truth about Joe Biden and Donald Trump? We each have a moral obligation to examine the facts, research the data and investigate their records of service.

As a COVID-19 “Most Vulnerable” person, my greatest truth inquiry is which candidate can be trusted to keep me, my family and my friends safe. I have diligently searched for the truth and found the following:

On the one hand, Joe Biden has 40+ years of distinguished service to our country, he led the successful efforts to solve a 2008 financial “pandemic,” and emphasizes he will follow the science to solve and control the coronavirus.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has mishandled, misrepresented and flat out failed America’s response to the coronavirus. Since day one presidential leader ship has been on vacation in over 183,000 of us have perished.

For almost 4 years, Donald Trump has absolutely demonstrated no concern for the truth, no interest in the health and well-being of our citizens and no commitment to our laws, values and democracy. He provokes violence, demeans women, people of color and everyone who does not support him.

I want a COVID-19 vaccines soon, however, I want it to be safe and dispersed fairly. We cannot trust the current administration to do so. I trust Biden with my life, not Trump.

William McNeel


Trump presidency is a gut punch

To the editor:

I am writing this as a Navy veteran. I’m also the spouse of a 30-year Marine (Ret.), the mother of an Air Force veteran and a psychotherapist for military members and their families for 30 years.

My three kids were born in military hospitals, the last one in Japan. While I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything, I want folks to know the impact of Trump’s actions on myself and my family and friends.

It’s a punch to the gut. Not the fact that he derides us at every opportunity. Not that he publicly disrespects war heroes and POWs. Not that he has only visited war wounded service members in military hospitals three times in three and a half years. (Obama made 29 visits in eight years).

Not that he recalled 1,000 West Point cadets from their homes during a mushrooming pandemic so that he would have an audience for a televised political speech. Not that he attacked a gold star family. Not that he attacks our Generals.

Not that our out-of-pocket costs to our promised healthcare is doubling on Oct 1. Not that he sold for profit 5 million masks intended for VA hospitals. Not that he diverted funds meant for military construction to his border wall leaving thousands of junior enlisted families in sub-standard housing.

Not that he refuses to protect America’s sons and daughters serving overseas from Russian bounties on their heads. I could go on but it’s none of that.

We expected this from him. This has always been who he is. My heartbreak, my tears, come from the shock that so many Americans agree with him.

I used to believe our sacrifices were appreciated by those we served. I am sickened that I can no longer believe that.

This gross disrespect for those who serve spreads. Even the young Republican running for NC 11, when being interviewed, was mistaken for a wounded veteran and he refused to correct the mistake. That kind of stolen valor is a slap in the face to all veterans. We are hurting.

Doreen Carroll


Enjoyed reading restaurant history

To the editor:

Thanks to Debbie Porter Shook for the interesting and well-written story about Charlie’s Restaurant. I have also enjoyed Kathy Ross’s local history articles. Well done, Mountaineer!

Kay Edwards


Not worthy

When the Commander in Chief of our armed forces calls fallen Marines who fought and died for our freedom at Belleau Woods in World War I as “losers” and “suckers,” he has forfeited his right to be that Commander in Chief.

To make matters worse he refused to attend the ceremony to honor them in 2018 while visiting France. Not worthy.

His disdain privately for those who serve or who have served is beyond shocking. We should have known that when he called Senator John McCain, a true American war hero and former prisoner of war, during the 2016 campaign, a “loser” and refused to call him a hero because he got captured, there was something “off” about this man.

In so many ways his actions, his ranting, his insults and his sophomoric behavior while in office show he truly is “off.”

As a veteran who has lost friends in war, I am insulted beyond measure by his word and deeds. This is not a political issue this is an honor issue.

To my fellow veterans in Haywood County who served our country, you too should be ashamed of this man who calls him “your favorite President.” We all know when we join the armed forces we did so out of love of country and service, when we deployed into combat we fought for our unit and your “fox hole buddy.” We were not going to let them down and would give our lives for them.

This President has no honor, and he avoided military service by having his “daddy” intervene by paying a physician to concoct a medical reason to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

He did go to a military school, not to learn to serve, but because he was a disciplinary problem at his private Manhattan school and so he was sent to the military school to learn how to behave. I guess it didn’t work as he still does not know how to behave. Not worthy.

When will we as American citizens finally be outraged enough to change the course of our history and return to the values of duty, honor, country and get this President out of office? It’s our patriotic duty to do so. Politics is not the point, our country is. He is not worthy.

David Crane

Maggie Valley

BLM movement is a cover for terrorists

To the editor:

Black Lives Matter — who can argue with that? Well, at the moment, my argument against BLM will result in the commentator being immediately labeled a racist. But stop for a moment and consider the comment “Black Lives Matter” to be the title to a book. Are you going to jude that book by the title?

According to the Black Lives Matter website: “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc. is a global organization in the U.S., UK and Canada whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.”

Is the Trayvon Martin shooting worthy of a worldwide organization or is it just an excuse for chaos? Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager, was challenged by George Zimmerman, a Hispanic neighborhood watch person. A fight broke out and Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. Zimmerman was charged with a crime, tried and found not guilty. Not guilty does not mean innocent, only that the evidence did not support a crime. Is that a reason to burn down a city? Apparently it is a just cause for BLM.

How did BLM get out of Martin’s shooting the need to eradicate white supremacy and how did they extend that to the cause to destroy people, businesses and cities anytime a Black person is hurt during an altercation with police? Michael Brown was shot when he attacked a policeman. George Floyd died from extreme drug intoxication while being arrested. Jacob Blake was shot while resisting arrest, waving a knife and reaching for a gun in his car, an unnamed Black in Minneapolis shot himself and that was still a cause for looting, rioting and bur–ning. All of this in the name of Black Lives Matter.

Watch the videos of the riots and ask, “Why are these people destroying so much property and hurting so many people? Can you really conclude they have a just cause? Or maybe they are Black racists.

Do you know a single person that has owned a slave or even knew anyone that owned a slave? Do you know a single person that has been a slave or even knew anyoe that has been a slave? If not, ask yourself, why should you ever apologize for something you never did to anyone to whom it never happened?

All of this white privilege, Black Lives Matter, reparations, justified looting, property destruction and just chaos need to be examined by you. Watch out for high sounding titles that are just cover for a terrorist group.

The U.S. is a nation of laws. Nothing gives anyone the right to loot, burn, beat and assault people in our cities.

Sam Morgan


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