Letters to the Editors

Equal pay for equal work? 

It seems as though politicians are stuck in the age old conundrum of making promises they know they cannot keep.  Lately, however, some like Hillary and Sanders are making promises that simply don’t make sense.

Seems like they’ve come up with a dilly this time with the plan to force companies to keep track of job functions of each employee to make sure they maintain equal pay for equal work.

Obviously, some bureaucrats in Washington will be keeping track of things and our taxes will pay for it.

Other than a failed career in music, one of my first regular jobs was as a short order cook and as a member of a union I had to toe the line.

When a busboy failed to show up one night, I pitched in to help the waitresses carry the dirty plates back to be washed. Someone blabbed on me and the union came down on me like a ton of bricks for doing something outside my job description.

Unions can be very militant and you can bet your sweet bippy that the government bureaucrats will be militant in defining job descriptions and any violation of those rules will result in fines for the company which means higher prices for all of us.

It sounds all warm and cozy for politicians to promise higher minimum wages but gee, why stop at $15 an hour.  If you really want to make a super political pitch, why not make it $50 an hour?

Of course China, Mexico and countries with much lower wages will be thrilled to hear that we are pricing ourselves out of the market and will no longer competition to them.

We might even move John Deere, Caterpillar and what remains of our industries to China or Mexico.  If we want to, we can tax the remaining companies until we force them to leave our country. Heck, we can all work for the government and the rich can pay for it, or at least until we run out of their money.  Oops,  what happens if the rich move out of the country too, as they did in Greece and Venezuela?

When we do run out of money, surely all those countries in the Far East will show their appreciation for sending our companies over there and loan us more money. Failing that, we can simply print more money.

Bernie’s promise of a free college education is a real winner but there are a couple of snags there as well that our young people don’t quite get yet: where will the jobs be?  The Mexican drug cartels won’t exactly welcome you if you cross the border and you can get shot sneaking across the border into China. College education or no, you may have to accept a career as a hamburger flipper.  Well, on second thought, even that may be problematic because fast food companies are going robotic.

When companies mess up, they lose market share and fix the problem. When the government messes up, it simply keeps repeating the same mistakes.

We can pretend to work if the government pretends to pay us.

Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.

Time to implement a three-part attack on litter 

In the past six weeks there have been several letters about the litter along our roadsides. Several reasons offered as why we’re such a littered county. The real reason is that to many people don’t have any country pride in the natural beauty of where we live. To make matters worse, our down-sized county government is no longer picking up roadside litter. Trustees have escaped and the Sheriff no longer has the manpower to guard the Trustee prisoners. Almost no tickets are issued for littering, and the $100 fine is not a deterrent. The people doing time in “Community Service” instead of jail have decided it’s not something they want to do either, resulting in no money from the state to supervise them. Surrounding states and counties are contracting companies to clean their roadways.

Time for us to use other remedies to clean up the mess in a three-part attack on litter.

First, we all must pick up our own properties, roadways and neighborhoods, showing some pride in this fine community.

Second, we should encourage local judges and courts to use roadside litter pickup as alternative to jail time.

Third, the state of NCDOT Roadside Environmental Dept. has the “Adopt A Road Program.” They’ll provide trash bags, vests, bag pickup and two signs to identify the adopting party’s stretch of roadside. They have an adoption contract where they support you in doing the roadside pick up four times a year, on the road you choose. You can even have your business do it as a civic project. Call the DOT Roadside Environmental Dept. at 828-631-0272.

The award-winning Holly Springs Community Development Club will be doing a roadside litter pickup project in Holly Springs Saturday, April 16, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Holly  Springs Community Center on Rabbit Creek Rd.

Paul Dobbin — Franklin, N.C.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law 

The Bible verse Heb. 10:9 imparts, “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will O God, he taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

Heb. 8:7 says, “For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.”

Heb. 7:19 imparts, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope, by the which we draw nigh unto God.”

The words of the law, “Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.” Mal. 3:8, 9

Before any part of the second can be established, the first must be taken away.

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.” Gal. 3:13, 14a.

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.