Can any ‘R’ win in Haywood?
Wow! What a wonderfully damning article about our newly-elected, unqualified tax collector.
I applaud Becky Johnson for telling it like it is. It seems anyone could win any election here now as long as they have an “R” after their name.
Apparently, when you are honest and efficient collecting taxes, the wealthy want to replace you with someone they can bamboozle.
We also lost an excellent, experienced county commissioner with legal expertise just for being a Democrat! Perhaps, if I got a DUI, I could then claim court experience and with the necessary “R” could run as clerk of courts. We are now the laughing stock of the state.
I’d like to see the tax collector position become an appointed one as it is in all other counties. Further, we now will need yearly outside auditing of the office to ensure fair and accurate assessments of our property evaluations.
My condolences to Greg West and Kirk Kirkpatrick. This should have never happened to someone who performed their duties so well. Let’s hope our citizens make better choices in future elections.
It’s time to pull together
During the recent election period I spent quite a bit of time at the Waynesville early voting station and at the Saunook Fire Department polling place as a member of the Democratic Party.
I want to congratulate and thank the many election workers in Haywood County. Led by Danny Davis and Robbie Inman, this incredible team made sure democracy worked in our community. I also want to thank the many Republicans I had conversations with. Bill Wilke and others were at all times polite, friendly and interested in talking.
There was no anger or violent threats, unlike in some less fortunate areas around our country. Congratulations on your election wins.
Democratic Party candidates around the USA did surprisingly well, but not in North Carolina. We will accept the judgment of the people, and work harder next time to explain why the positions of the Democratic Party are better for our citizens than the Republican program.
No Democrats I know of plan to complain about the election being stolen from us. No one I know wants to march on the Republican-led state Legislature in Raleigh and show up at the security lines with guns, as some extremist Republicans did in other states after the 2020 election. No one I know wants to attack the law officers who protect our Legislature, break through windows and trash the halls of our Capitol in Raleigh screaming obscenities.
Some day Republicans will once again lose elections in North Carolina. When that day comes I am hopeful they will accept the will of the people as we Democrats have done this time around.
Meanwhile, let’s all pull together to make this the best community possible. Let’s toss out ridiculous election propaganda about Democrats being Communists, Socialists and pedophiles (I think many folks who read that angry Republican ad in The Mountaineer really don’t even know what those words mean). Anger and hate really don’t lead to a better world.
These are my own opinions and not necessarily those of the Haywood Democratic Party.
Stephen Wall, MD
Angry at certain Republicans
I am a constitutional conservative who for 40-plus years has voted, and held office, as a Republican sitting here feeling thrilled over the Republican red wave that wasn’t.
Of course, it was all President Trump’s fault.
Just another opportunity to denigrate the former president and hopefully force him out of running for president in 2024.
No folks, it was the Republican leadership who failed to make the red wave a reality.
Kevin McCarthy, who publicly announced he would not hold impeachment trials on any Democrats who had brought so much destruction and harm to our country and citizens, but hey let bygones be bygones and do the Republican thing and not hold Democrats accountable, as usual.
Mitch McConnell, who took millions away from campaign funding from Trump-endorsed candidates with great potential to win. Taken away and redirected to support left-leaning Republicans who would show allegiance to him.
These are the two individuals primarily responsible for a failed red wave.
But hey, I too bear a big share of the blame, for writing an article which was published in The Mountaineer Oct. 22, just days before early voting began. An article critical of these so-called leaders who cared more about their pride, positions of power, and elite status than about winning. An article written factually, pointing out Republican leadership’s consistent failure to lead on behalf of the people.
This article earned me the wrath of my Republican Party county chair, and numerous other unnamed individuals. A wrath which preceded my resignation as a county precinct chair, not because of the severe chastising.
I resigned because this Republican chair of the party, sworn to protect the constitutional rights of every American, had the audacity to advise me that as a precinct chair, I had no right to write such an article critical of the Republican Party leadership just prior to the elections.
I have reread the First Amendment to the Constitution and nowhere in that amendment does it state that an individual forfeits their right to free speech because of political position or any special political event.
I just want to tell you how much I enjoy reading articles in your paper about local history. I find them extremely interesting. I also enjoy pieces by Jim Janke and JoAnna Swanson.