Letters to the Editor for January 9, 2020


The Macon County News letters page is a public forum open to a wide variety of opinions. Letters are neither accepted nor rejected on the basis of the opinions expressed. Writers are asked to refrain from personal attacks against individuals or businesses. Letters are not necessarily reflective of the opinions of the publisher, editor or staff of The Macon County News.

Letter writers exercise right to freedom of speech

I am writing in response to Terry Swift’s letter in the Dec.19, 2019 issue of MCN. Yes, I am David Snell’s wife, and no, I am not writing in his defense. He’s quite capable of that on his own. I do however, take issue with several seriously erroneous statements made by this writer.

By your words, Terry, it appears you expect to be considered as a reasonable, knowledgeable and experienced individual. However, making wild assumptions and unfounded accusations against those with different opinions tends to negate that image.

I’m sure you understand that freedom of speech is one of the most important rights we have in this country. As a fellow letter writer you exercised that right, as do the men you criticize in your letter. I believe it’s safe to say that neither you, or they, are paid by any newspaper to write these personal opinion letters. If anyone was paid, their right to free speech could be jeopardized and newspapers doing this would be compromising their avowed standards.

Your assumption that David Snell is a Democrat is dead wrong. He’s actually been a lifelong Republican until recent years when the GOP began increasingly forsaking the values they once stood for. Like you, he is now registered Independent. We find we would rather evaluate individuals on their performance and appropriateness than on party affiliation.

Like you, David is also a “20-year military retiree,” and during that time he suffered neither “shell shock” or “traumatic brain injury,” and he was also not drafted. He was a Naval Cryptologist who volunteered and served under six presidents from Eisenhower through Carter.

In your letter’s last paragraph you asserted, “Everyone knows Trump will not be impeached.” Obviously  you wrote that before Dec.18, 2019, because on that day Trump did indeed become the third U.S. President to be impeached. Granted, he will likely be acquitted by the U.S. Senate and not removed from office at this time. It will then fall to the voters in November 2020, to determine if he remains in office. But impeachment will remain a significant stain on his presidency.

Your reference to Matthew 7:3-5 is a good admonition for all of us, including yourself. Check the mirror, Terry. There may be a speck of sawdust in your eye also.

Lenore Snell – Franklin, N.C.

Should/could Suleimani have been spared?

Yesterday I re-read the powerful story of David sparing Saul’s life as told in 1 Samuel, KJV. I urge you to read it for yourself whether you profess to being a Christian or not. But, I will offer up my rendition of the story: Saul, David’s father, was tracking him down with intent to kill him. Saul went into a cave to relieve himself, not knowing that David and his protectors were actually hiding in the cave. David used great stealth to cut off a piece of Saul’s robe. Shortly thereafter David left the cave and showed the piece of cloth to Saul, explaining that he could have killed him (Saul) but had instead spared his life.

I have read stories of Native Americans practicing this act of sparing life. It is a show of reverence for life as well as a means to limit bloodshed. We should recall that the Fifth Commandment is “Thou shalt not kill.”

Can Donald Trump truly justify killing Qasem Suleimani? Can America as a unified whole justify the deed? Was any consideration given to protecting human life rather than taking it? Was Suleimani a threat to Donald Trump? Was there no other choice available to slow down the bloodshed that is predicted to follow? Was the killing a Christian deed? Was it political? Was it economic?

Time will tell. If we pay attention. If we ask hard questions.

Should/could Suleimani have been spared? Why? Why not? Should we have cut off a piece of his uniform?

The popular Capital One commercial asks, “What’s in your wallet?”

Maybe we should we should ask, ”What’s in your heart”?


Dave Waldrop – Webster, N.C.