Letters for April 18, 2019 


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Setting the record straight about the Normandie

I would like to offer a whole-hearted “thank you” for your story in the April 4 issue about the Normandie Restaurant.

It brought back a flood of memories due to the fact I spent my childhood and teenage years working there with my Daddy, Edd Coates. I’m so thankful that Steve and his mother are still going strong after 50 years. I still eat there two or three times a week.

With that said, I would like to correct a couple of errors. With the hustle and bustle of our present world we are all prone to make them.

Firstly, the name Normandie does not have any connection to the beaches of Normandy, France. Edd never served in the military, he was too chubby to get in. The name comes from a restaurant in Mobile, Ala., where my Daddy proposed to my Mama in 1944. She insisted he use the name when he opened his business.

Secondly, Edd opened the Normandie in February 1951, and ran it until July 1966, at which time he sold the name, business, and equipment to Phil Byrd and Jimmy Hilton, who in turn sold out to the Tallents in 1969.

The building and property belonged to Woodrow Reeves, mayor and local businessman, who shortly before his death in 1989, deeded all to VFW Post 7339, who still owns the property. A generous act indeed.

As I said, we all make errors, we just need to correct them.

Keep doing your outstanding work at The Macon County News. I love all your historical articles about our great town and county, so keep ‘em coming.

  Michael Coates – Franklin, N.C.

Town council should stand by its commitment

Regarding Mayor Bob Scott’s letter in last weeks Macon News, he is absolutely right, there has not been a reason given that makes any sense at all why any plans for East Franklin development hinge on the Nikwasi Initiative holding the deed to the mound. Apparently, the Nikwasi Initiative was formed for the purpose of securing the deed to the Nikwasi mound. You do have to wonder why. There is no reason that is would be necessary for the deed to be in their name, if they don’t intend to do something on the mound property itself. There are no restrictions in the deed concerning surrounding properties. 

There should be an accounting for the money the Town and the County have appropriated for the Nikwasi Initiative. That is tax dollars and taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are spent. If they are being spent to fund this effort to get the Town to sign over the deed to the mound, then that is unethical to say the least.

The Town of Franklin has been entrusted with preserving for the citizens of Macon County and for posterity the small tract of land upon which the mound is located and the Town Council needs to stand by this commitment. Please keep in mind that once any deed transfer is made, the Town will no longer have complete control over this property, even if they are listed as a partner in ownership. I don’t understand why the Council would even consider this proposal.

 Margie L. Keener – Franklin, N.C.

Bottom line is, the mound belongs to the Cherokee

Off and on for the 30 years I’ve been a resident of Macon Colunty, people have been bickering over the Nikwasi Mound. Ask the Cherokee if they want the Mound. If they do, give it back. Let them do with the Mound what they will. You people do what you want with your property. Bottom line is,  it’s theirs. The government under President Jackson stole the Cherokee Indians property from them. They were herded up like cattle and marched out to Oklahoma in the “Trail of Tears.” That would be like a bunch of people coming in the front door of your house and pushing you and your family out the back door and telling you it was their house now. Give it back.

The Cherokee were and are a peaceful loving people. They were a farming community. William Bartram, a botanist, said in 1776 the Cherokee had so many gardens and fields it was hard for him to find a way through with his horse without trampling the crops. I don’t care what was paid for the mound in 2014. Give it back. It was saved for what, Franklin heritage? It’s a Cherokee heritage. 

If your hearts are convicted of the injustices done to the Cherokee and care about their cultural and traditional heritage, then I propose that peninsular of land from the Nikwasi Mound to the river and bordering East Main Street and East Palmer be deeded to the Cherokee (if they would have the land) and put forth in motion to have the Bureau of Indians Affairs to find the money (like restitution) to help the Cherokee put in their own village and sample gardens and fields and community house to help them find more closure to the injustices done to them.

We in this town do our best to promote moral integrity and justice for all men and women. Fess up.

  Joe Wylupek – Franklin, N.C.

President Trump guilty of obstruction of justice

Technically, morally and legally Donald Trump has already obstructed justice in America. Here is how: His job is to protect the rights of all Americans. Most Americans are either now or soon will be eligible to vote. The right to vote  is provided by the Constitution and protected by the Department of Justice. Donald Trump refused to acknowledge what virtually every intelligence agency has stated emphatically: Russia meddled in the 2016 election. By failing/refusing to investigate the meddling to determine 1. what happened; 2. how it happened; 3. the effect it had on the election and; 4. how to prevent further foreign meddling Donald Trump imperiled the right to vote for all Americans. The right to vote is a cornerstone of our justice system. 

Congressional Republicans will assume the same culpability if they fail to see that Russian meddling is thoroughly investigated, thereby protecting our right to vote. Therefore, the Mueller report must be made available to all Americans.

Should Americans file a class action lawsuit against Donald Trump for obstruction of justice in this sacred matter? Or should we merely permit Dangerous Donald Trump to manhandle every voter with blatant disregard for his duty to protect our rights?

Dave Waldrop – Franklin, N.C.

Democrats are in a real pickle

As the 2020 election looms, the Democratic Party finds itself in something of a quandary, a self-inflicted dilemma brought about largely by indecision regarding an acceptable identification of their base.  Do we acknowledge that white male voters still exist or do we continue to concentrate on women, minorities and all those small (but very vocal and very demanding) special interest groups that seem to require all too much time and attention?

I believe (as Captain Spock would say), “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few… or the one.”  Despite having been a viable political party for approximately 190 years, that simple concept seems lost (or too difficult to even contemplate) for modern “progressive” thinkers.  In fact, it’s safe to say, an image both major parties and most politicians find hard to comprehend.

Democrats especially, have an even more pressing problem and I hope they’re paying attention.  It appears the infants have broken out of the sandbox and are taking over the school.  The party’s Democratic Socialist faction, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (1st term Rep. from the Bronx) has been threatening to run leftist candidates in primaries against moderate Democrats who don’t conform to progressive “ideology orthodoxy.”

The bottom line is, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finds herself engaged in an open power struggle with a 29-year-old former bartender/campaign aide and her allies, an alliance that threatens to tear the party apart as the 2020 election fast approaches. Former President Barack Obama is pleading with Democrats not to set up “a circular firing squad,” but it may already be too late.  Like the Republicans have experienced, an ideological purity test is well under way and, as history has shown, we all lose.

Okay Democrats, you’re in a real pickle, that’s obvious.  The longer it continues, the worse your plight becomes.  Here’s a possible remedy.  I’m not going to contend the freshman class in the U.S. Congress should be ignored.  They’re young, energetic, enthusiastic, full of vim and vigor and abound with fresh ideas, many worthy of consideration certainly.

However, it’s long past time the experienced elders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives regained control of this country in accord with our Constitution and the laws and moral principles and statutes which have governed this nation for 240 years.

Senators Leahy, Feinstein, Murray, and Wyden have a collective 144 years of experience as senators (by the end of their present terms).  Senators Cantwell, Carper, Durbin, Reed, Schumer, and Stabenow, another 144 years.   These 10 Democratic senators have (collectively) 288 years of service.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, the 12 longest serving Democratic representatives have a collective 410 years of service (each with 22 years or more).  There are an additional 42 Democrats who have served 20 years or more (1058 years collectively), 1468 years total.

If my 1940’s math is correct, there are 64 Democrats in the United States Congress with a collective 1,756 years of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and involvement in governance.  With that vast amount of firsthand experience and talent plus three highly gifted Democratic former presidents to help and advise, winning both chambers and the White House in 2020 should be a walk in the park.  After all, Donald Trump only attracts two kinds of people, the incredibly wealthy and the incredibly naive (how many can there be?).

According to CNBC.com, among Democratic contenders, former VP Joe Biden is deemed “most acceptable” by 67% of respondents.  Lets get behind him and get it done…

David L. Snell – Franklin, N.C.

America is so much better than this

E Pluribus Unum:  “out of the many, one.” America is inclusive by both design and intent. America includes Democrats. America includes women. America includes people of color. America includes immigrants. America includes Muslims. The utterly reprehensible and completely fact-free mud-slinging impugning the character and integrity of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) this week (and the entirely predictable death threats against her) is a direct assault upon our system of government and as such is an egregious affront to all Americans, regardless of political affiliation. This is particularly inexcusable in the case of Donald Trump. It is not merely cynically partisan, but calculatedly divisive, brutally racist, overtly bigoted, and unabashedly perfidious. America is so much better than this. It is incumbent upon all of us to demonstrate this by our interactions with our neighbors, by holding our politicians accountable for their actions, and by holding America true to her motto.

 Emmet Bondurant – Franklin, N.C.

A payment for justice

 It’s assumed that we come into this world as a blank slate, and as our lives move forward we seem  to absorb the world around us. As we grow and learn, we soon realize that much of our world is broken and fragmented but we seem not sure just why this is.  

Through personal life’s ups and downs we realize that we ourselves are in our own way part of life’s problem, even though we feel we’re always in the right and everyone else is in the wrong. Within our being we know we are not always right but our pride won’t let ourselves admit otherwise.  We try our best to find our place in a truth that makes sense for our restless lives. 

Life can be a clouded mixture of us being right and wrong in many of our relationships.  At times our wrongs towards others can become so entwined that justice or a setting things right needs to be done. There needs to be a restoration of sorts, or payment in correcting the hurts inflicted upon others. This can be as simple as a sincere sorry to a spouse or loved one, or as severe as a payment to law enforcement for a wrong against society or an individual. The question could be asked, where do we get this idea of justice and a payment to set things right?  If we say there is no moral compass and everything is fluid with no foundation, how do we seek justice? Who says justice must be served?  If there is nothing nor anyone to answer to, except ourselves, how can a society function?  It’s just as Charles Darwin stated, “If the philosophical extensions are made from my naturalistic assumptions, the possibility of the future is (nothing short of unbridled violence).

Justice’s deep roots grow out of love, but perfect love needs no justice, it’s only a prideful distorted love, that’s in need of justice. This so much reflects God and his working within the human heart. He came as the perfect expression of love, in His Holiness he cannot touch sin or anything imperfect. Christ the son of God came to take upon himself the justice and payment of the blight and sin we are all part of. This is where humanity’s justice finds itself, and in the longing of finding human justice you’ll also find the ultimate of God’s justice and love. He made Christ pay for what you and I should be paying for. This payment is out of a love that is only known in a belief in Him. In short, this is the Easter story. The hardships of pride and all injustice is in need of being satisfied, and Christ doing so with a love so great for you and I, and a willingness to do so. The world hasn’t a love like this. Don’t be like some of the leadership of old and wash your hands of this, instead embrace this, it is truly life changing. 

 Deni Shepard – nds13@frontier.com