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Letters to the editor: February 2018
Sunday, 11 February 2018 11:29

Audit panel chief clarifies  internal control comments

I wanted to take the opportunity to clarify the comments as reported in the January 2018 article regarding my response to Mr. (Mac) Swicegood’s question “How far are you going back to balance the checkbook?” 

My intention was to imply that many effective internal controls were in place, but even the best controls become ineffective when senior management is delegated broad authority over financial resources and personnel. 

The commissioners and county manager (Mandy) Stone have moved quickly to address this shortcoming in the internal control environment.

The completion of the ongoing criminal investigation will hopefully help the citizens of Buncombe County move forward in a healthy fashion.
LARRY B. HARRIS
Chairman, Buncombe County
Audit Committee.    
CPA, CFP,  ParsecFinancial
Asheville

 

Audit panel chief clarifies  internal control comments

My boyhood hero, Robert Kennedy, used to say that “Jobs are better than welfare.” 

As a liberal/progressive Democrat, I agree.  But I would add that having a job that pays a good and living wage that is well above the federal government’s “official  poverty line” is the human right of every American who is willing to lead a responsible and productive life.  

Therefore, I am proposing that following the November 2018 elections — our president and Congress reverse the 2017 tax cuts and instead spend $1 trillion on a federal government jobs-creation bill that guarantees a job with dignity and respect to all Americans that not only pays well above the official poverty line, but which also pays well above the “near-poverty line” (which is 100 percent to 125 percent of the official poverty line).

It is the “humane” and “just” thing to do.
STEWART EPSTEIN
Rochester, N.Y

 

Sheep on right/goats on left: all should oppose abortions

America needs to bow our heads in shame and repent, before God Almighty sends His wrath upon us.   

Congress needs to recognize and invoke God’s Supreme Laws instead of passing laws which go against them. Same goes for the Supreme Court and the president.

The White House should not be applauding the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  

Accepting the murder of 98.7 percent of humans aborted, as a first step, to reducing the mass murder of innocent unborn human beings, is nothing to be proud of.      

Protecting the innocent unborn must be a 100 percent goal, because we must obey God.   

According to God’s Word, we humans, are to live by every word which came out of his mouth.  Including when God said, “Thou shall not kill,” and he was referring to the innocent, not the murderers.

 

 Those who take money to perform abortions are cursed by God (Read Deuteronomy 27:25).

God’s Word tells us Christ will come to Jerusalem, and that his angels will put the sheep on his right, and the goats on the left. 

To the sheep on the right, He will say, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom.”

To the goats on the left, Christ will say, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”  

Without repentance and obedience to God, it’s the everlasting fire.      
MANUEL YBARRA JR.
Coalgate, Okla.

 

‘Pretty, perky’ Peggy King  praised at 88 as vocalist

Wishing “Pretty, Perky” Peggy King a very “Happy 88th Birthday” on Friday, Feb. 16. 

Born in Greensburg, PA, Ms. King is  a veteran of the Big Band era — she sang with the Charlie Spivak, Ralph Flanagan, Percy Faith and Ray Anthony orchestras)  radio (“Dragnet”), TV (featured singer on the George Gobel TV show in the 1950s) and films (“Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy,” “The Bad and the Beautiful” and “Zero Hour!”

She’s still quite active performing with the All-Star Jazz Trio in venues in and around the Philadelphia area. 

In my book, this talented lady is a real “National Treasure!”
HERB STARK
Mooresville



Photo exhibit encouraging  activism to debut Feb. 16

On Friday, Feb. 16, beginning President’s Weekend, The CDC 7 Photo Project opens at The Block Off Biltmore, and other locations around Asheville, focusing on the seven words that the Department of Health and Human Services has recently instructed the Center for Disease Control to avoid using.

“Vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” make up the series of portraits highlighting subjects affected by the silencing of these words and offering each subject an intimate opportunity to give voice to this frightening Orwellian-style of censorship.  

Encouraging action, the exhibit pairs the images with local nonprofits working to preserve and protect our basic rights to Free Speech, Reproductive Health, Equality for All, Academic Freedom and more. 

For information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or find us on Facebook at More Than A Hashtag Project.

Give voice to change — please get involved! 
CARMEN YBARRA
Craftsperson of Positive Change
More Than A Hashtag Project 
Weaverville
 



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