Letters for April 11, 2019

Letters for April 11, 2019

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Appreciative of care received at Macon Valley

The last seven months of my mother’s life was spent at Macon Valley Rehab and Car Facility. Was it perfect? No, but every issue and concern voiced to the appropriate staff member was responded to and usually to our satisfaction. The staff at Macon Valley was caring and compassionate with mother especially during the end of life process. Administrative staff and direct care staff who were not assigned to her at the time came by several times just to check on her and our family to see if we needed anything. We are quick to complain and criticize but slow to praise. I will always be appreciative for the care she received and want to publicly commend the staff.

This experience has taught me that elder care is an area that needs attention and reform including Medicare, patient/caregiver ratios, review of governmental imposed safety regulations that are not working, etc. I wish I knew how to make that happen.

 Wilma J. Anderson – Otto, N.C.

   Good intentions may not lead to wise decisions

I, too, deplore the atrocities that occurred during the birth of this nation, and are still going on for that matter, but I don’t think reparation will be made by giving the mound over to developers.  

It is a burial site, and I imagine the first thing they will want to do is dig around in it.  Who knows, maybe they would sell it at some point.

The reparation divide issue is a trick. There is no divide.  The mound was here long before the Cherokee or Europeans, and it would have been bulldozed for commercial development long ago had Franklin citizens not preserved it.

The real elephant in the room is: Can elected officials give away public lands?  That’s an important question and a very slippery slope.

Well, the mound would be given to a foundation they say?  Foundations can be unstable and sometimes a front for special interests, as we have seen over and over.  Well, the developers are way cool, and wear nice outfits, and are from out of town, so they must know best. Maybe, maybe not.

Many here believe there are more important things in life than economic expansion and profit.

Franklin is a nice small town in a beautiful national forest.  People who have never lived in an area of rampant development may not realize what a treasure Franklin is.

Beautification of the mound area is a good idea though.  The land around the mound could be purchased with money raised by citizens and school children as before, and deeded to the Town of Franklin as before. A tasteful memorial park and museum would be a nice addition to the greenway experience.  Maybe a local developer could be persuaded to donate the construction of a museum.  

To my mind, that would be a far more meaningful reparation.

The mound is safe where it is now, in the hands of the people, and I would suggest voting out of office any elected leaders who choose to give it away.  Without zoning laws, I guess no one can stop developers form building high rises, parking lots, and casinos, but they can find a way to do so without demanding or manipulating, through hastily formed foundations, to get public land.

Jean Welch – Franklin, N.C.

Why would the Left sabotage the summit?

There are questions that need to be answered about the President Trump and Chairman Kim Summit, the anti-hate bill and the gun control bill. The questions that need to be answered requires each individual to think for themselves.

The Left and the Democrats knew the date of the President Trump and Chairman Kim summit. Why was Michael Cohen scheduled to testify the day before the summit? Why did Michael Cohen meet multiple times with the Schiff team? They knew Chairman Kim and the officials of North Korea listen to the news coming from the United States. Michael Cohen testified that Presidnet Trump is a racist, con man and a cheat. Do you think hearing that testimony Chairman Kim would trust President Trump? Why would the Left and the Democrats sabotage the summit? Was it to try to retain power? By their actions North Korea could possible become a nuclear power.

There is an anti-hate bill making its way through Congress. We need to think about what this bill will mean to our free speech. The First Amendment gives us the right of free speech.

There is a gun control bill in Congress. We need to think about exactly what this bill will mean for the gun owner. Our Second Amendment rives us the right to keep and bear arms.

It’s time for us to think about what is best for us and our nation.

 Pauline Burch – Franklin, N.C.

Hospitality shown to veterans will be lasting memory

The Vietnam Veterans of American, Chapter 994, would like to express our appreciation to the veterans and citizens who joined with us in the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, March 30, celebrating the end of the Vietnam War on March 29, 1973. The POWs and their families commented many times about the patriotic feelings they felt from the people of Macon County on this special occasion.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 994, also would like to thank Pastor Evan Hill and members of the Memorial United Methodist Church for hosting the Wayah Road Dedication Ceremony for Col. (Dr.) Thomas McNish. Again, the hospitality shown to the guests and families by the community will not only be a historical moment but a lasting memory of kindness shown to the guests visiting our beautiful county. Respectfully,

Billy Jones, president of VVA Chapter 994

Commissioner Gary Shields

Commissioner Ronnie Beale

Conspiracy theories have always been with us

It’s a shock to find around 60 percent of Americans believe in a myriad of crazy conspiracy theories which circle around the globe. Some due to mental problems such as paranoia but some seem to enjoy them and find them exciting. Logic and reason don’t even come into play.  Why think logically when some juicy tale comes to tantalize them? 

Logic and common sense are lost.

MSNBC and CNN use this human weakness to push Socialist ideology and play it to the hilt.  Bill Maher said most of us are ignorant and dumb.

I have returned to watching CNN and MSNBC to verify in my mind just what they are up to and it ain’t pretty.

Constant allegations and insinuations President Trump is guilty of something or other becomes a constant way to spread conspiracy theories to the gullible.

Hate is spread quickly when the small and petty infer Trump is a racist and bigot along with a host of other trash they can think of.

We’ve seen how conspiracy theories spread as in the anti-vaccine movement which has cost many lives.  It started with a discredited doctor in London years ago when he made the false claim vaccines caused autism.  Who doesn’t find it exciting to believe Big Pharma is a bad guy?  According to the latest theory former President Bush hired four airline pilots to commit suicide by flying into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  Supposedly there were no passengers but try and tell this to the hundreds of families who lost loved ones.  Even though on video, there are others who claim there were no airliners involved but the Twin Towers were blown up instead.  Jeeez.

Years ago we had the claim fluoridated water was to give people cancer.  Actually it prevents tooth decay. Hey, why spoil the fun with facts. And, everyone knows gluten is dangerous to eat.  Right?

The Salem Witch Hunt is a good example of how eager people are to believe in conspiracy theories. The Nazis suckered their young into believing they were a superior race. 

Some are still convinced we never landed on the moon.

The Left-leaning media are trying to repeat the witch hunts and President Trump is the target for the simple reason he cannot accept Socialism as being good for human beings and he is right.

It’s all a scam folks. You’re being played for a sucker and the Leftist media know exactly how to play to our susceptibility.   

What most of us don’t recognize is that our divisiveness began in the Obama administration when Obama cozied up to the Russians and never fought back when they hacked into our political system.

The Russians worked hard to spread dissension amongst us and of course the Socialists love it. This smells like treason to me.

Like him or not, President Trump is doing a fine job for America. In the meantime, don’t fall for the conspiracy crap.

Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.

Conspiracy theories have always been with us

It’s a shock to find around 60 percent of Americans believe in a myriad of crazy conspiracy theories which circle around the globe. Some due to mental problems such as paranoia but some seem to enjoy them and find them exciting. Logic and reason don’t even come into play.  Why think logically when some juicy tale comes to tantalize them? 

Logic and common sense are lost.

MSNBC and CNN use this human weakness to push Socialist ideology and play it to the hilt.  Bill Maher said most of us are ignorant and dumb.

I have returned to watching CNN and MSNBC to verify in my mind just what they are up to and it ain’t pretty.

Constant allegations and insinuations President Trump is guilty of something or other becomes a constant way to spread conspiracy theories to the gullible.

Hate is spread quickly when the small and petty infer Trump is a racist and bigot along with a host of other trash they can think of.

We’ve seen how conspiracy theories spread as in the anti-vaccine movement which has cost many lives.  It started with a discredited doctor in London years ago when he made the false claim vaccines caused autism.  Who doesn’t find it exciting to believe Big Pharma is a bad guy?  According to the latest theory former President Bush hired four airline pilots to commit suicide by flying into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  Supposedly there were no passengers but try and tell this to the hundreds of families who lost loved ones.  Even though on video, there are others who claim there were no airliners involved but the Twin Towers were blown up instead.  Jeeez.

Years ago we had the claim fluoridated water was to give people cancer.  Actually it prevents tooth decay. Hey, why spoil the fun with facts. And, everyone knows gluten is dangerous to eat.  Right?

The Salem Witch Hunt is a good example of how eager people are to believe in conspiracy theories. The Nazis suckered their young into believing they were a superior race. 

Some are still convinced we never landed on the moon.

The Left-leaning media are trying to repeat the witch hunts and President Trump is the target for the simple reason he cannot accept Socialism as being good for human beings and he is right.

It’s all a scam folks. You’re being played for a sucker and the Leftist media know exactly how to play to our susceptibility.   

What most of us don’t recognize is that our divisiveness began in the Obama administration when Obama cozied up to the Russians and never fought back when they hacked into our political system.

The Russians worked hard to spread dissension amongst us and of course the Socialists love it. This smells like treason to me.

Like him or not, President Trump is doing a fine job for America. In the meantime, don’t fall for the conspiracy crap.

 Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.

The word ‘tolerant’ no longer means what it used to

One can love people and accept them, without approving of their lifestyle or habits.  Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church; author of “The Purpose Driven Life” said, “The problem is that ‘tolerant’ has changed its meaning. It used to mean ‘I may disagree with you completely, but I will treat you with respect.’ Today, tolerant means – ‘you must approve of everything I do.’ There’s a difference between tolerance and approval. Jesus accepted everyone no matter who they were. He doesn’t approve of everything you, or I, or anybody else does.”  

In Mark 10:21 Jesus encountered a man who though wealthy, realized that he could not purchase eternal life. When Jesus looked upon this man, he felt genuine love for him, yet he did not approve of the man’s priorities. The man asked Jesus what he needed to do to obtain eternal life. Jesus told him to keep the 10 Commandments. He said he had done so from his youth. Jesus proceeded to show him that he had not even kept the first commandment. When Jesus asked him to sell everything and give to the poor, the man was not willing. Jesus had pinpointed the man’s god, and sadly, he was not willing to give it up, so he went away sorrowful.

In John 4, Jesus passes through Samaria, an area most Jews avoided, because they hated the Samaritans because they had intermarried with Gentiles and were not pure Jews. Jesus disregarded this ingrained bigotry and purposely went into the “no-go” zone. There he met and spoke with a Samaritan woman (another cultural taboo) at Jacob’s well. The woman found out that though they had never met, Jesus knew everything about her, including her sinful, promiscuous lifestyle. But to her amazement, he treated her with love and respect, even though he didn’t approve of her sins, or agree with her theology. The result was that not only the woman, but the entire village of Sychar believed in Jesus. Jesus looked beyond her faults and saw her need.

In John 8, the very religious Pharisees brought a woman to Jesus who had been caught in the very act of adultery, which in Jewish culture, was punishable by death through stoning. They wanted Jesus to condemn her. Instead, Jesus revealed their hypocrisy. He said to them, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” One by one, they walked away in shame. Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, Lord,” she answered. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Now go and sin no more.” Her use of ‘Lord’ suggests that she had already begun to worship Him. Notice that Jesus didn’t approve of her sin. But amazingly, instead of condemning her, he pardoned her.

In John 5, Jesus visits the pool at Bethesda, a place where handicapped people stayed, hoping for a miraculous healing. These were not people many of us would label as sinners. A man was there who had been paralyzed for 38 years.  After healing the man, Jesus ran into him again in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The consequences of sin are real. If we love people, we will warn them, as Jesus did there. Failure to warn people of the devastating consequences of their sin, is not loving.

In each of these instances, Jesus was willing to heal, pardon and forgive. But He always addressed the most serious problem, sin. Christ Jesus came into the world to save us from bondage to sin. (1 Timothy 1:15). He will not tolerate our sin. But by the power of Christ we can change. We are not by nature beautiful people. But we have an incomparably beautiful Savior who came into the world to change us into his likeness (Romans 8:29).

Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.

Make redistricting matter

The U.S. Supreme Court met March 26 to hear arguments on redistricting in three states, including North Carolina. Their decision could have significant impact on you no matter what your party affiliation is. 

Both parties in North Carolina have a long history of drawing district lines to win elections (gerrymandering). Call it stacking the deck or cheating, it’s wrong and it does nothing to serve the greater good. If you take no action you are approving the politicians choosing their voters instead of voters choosing their politicians.

The North Carolina legislature is considering two bills on redistricting; House Bills H69 and H140. This letter is intended to make you aware of them and encourage you to call your representatives. Ask their position on these bills and why. 

The bills in brief: The bills differ in several ways – size and party composition of the Redistricting Commission; number of votes required to approve the new redistricting maps, and if a change to the Constitution is required.

Most importantly, both bills would go far to ensuring a non-partisan process that results in fair and representative elections of our state legislators and members of Congress.

Call to action: Understand what’s going on. Call your legislators. Rep. Corbin (R-District 120) supports these bills; it appears Sen. Davis (R-District 50) will not, should the bill get to the Senate. Ask both why they support or oppose these bills.

This is in no way about party politics.  The majority party today might not be the majority party in the future. This is about ensuring a level playing field now.

  

Indivisible Highlands

White settlers have no connection to the mound

Wow. I keep seeing the inability to cooperate with neighbors to share in the future of development of Nikwasi Mound. I keep asking myself, “why?” This is all God’s land. None of us own it. However, we maintain it. I feel like it’s a battle between young’uns that can’t share. It looks racist on the outside looking in. I’ve talked to a lot of folks, and they’ve all said similar things. Oh well, isn’t my reputation on the line. 

I realize the mound was bought with pennies to save the Mound back in the 1940s. But certain members of the Town of Franklin act like it is all theirs to control because of their heritage to that mound is why the Mound cannot dare be given back to the Cherokee who actually used it for their culture and daily lives. If you’re from a white settler heritage, you do not have a heritage attached to that mound. Please stop using this reasoning. It’s embarrassing to us white folks to try and say something that isn’t true to our heritage. 

If you disagree, please provide supporting documentation that white people used mounds to conduct spiritual rituals, ceremonies, gatherings, meetings, and burials (for some mounds) for all their people. The last time I checked we call those churches, not mounds.

Share folks. The Cherokee know things about mounds more than you ever will. Why? It is their heritage.  Some information was never written down or communicated to others. They have what Nikwasi needs. It is time to let them return to taking care of sacred land.

  

Rachel Truesdell – Franklin, N.C.

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