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Letters to the Editor: Jan. 01-19-22 to 02-01-22
Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:38

Homeless camp eviction protest prompts questions

I just learned about the Christmas Asheville Police eviction and arrests of the Aston Park homeless camp, far too late to join the protest, but upon inquiring as to how I might have found out in time, I learned that the organizers were pronatalist vaxxers who make up lies claiming I worked for ALEC.

Well, so much for solidarity.

I guess I have to conclude that If the APD wants to evict and arrest homeless people, then I object, but if they want to evict and arrest pronatalist, vaxxing, slanderous liars, then I really don’t.

I just hope there were no exceptions among the arrested or evicted — like were any pro-choice people waterboarded at Guantanimo? Or Abu Ghraib? Or bombed in Gaza? I still don’t know.

I had a toothache for Christmas, anyway.

ALAN DITMORE
Leicester

 

Time to look back at a very bad 2021... and ahead 

In my opinion, 2021 was a very “bad news year,” with COVID-19 accelerating instead of abating, the Trump-orchestrated attack on our Capitol and the Constitution — plus the loss of so many celebrities from various cultures.

The few good happenings include our sensible plan to defeat the current pandemic, trips into outer space — and the amazing bronze statue of entertainer Frank Sinatra unveiled in his hometown of Hoboken, N.J., celebrating his birthday on Dec. 12th.  

Even more important is the fact people are getting vaccinated and then getting their booster shots, ignoring the GOP messengers of misinformation.

Looking forward to a more peaceful 2022 and a return to our daily routines, as we continue our unrelenting attack on this pandemic. Science will win!

HERB STARK
Mooresville


Cooper: Riot rates as one of U.S.’ ‘darkest moments’

Today (Jan. 6, 2022) marks the one-year anniversary of one of America’s darkest moments: when armed insurrectionists launched a violent and deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol with the intent of halting the sworn duty of lawmakers to certify the 2020 presidential election.

Despite the existential threat it faced on January 6th, our democracy prevailed — largely because of the bravery exhibited by the officers of the U.S. Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers.

But we also know that those who wanted to topple our democracy haven’t given up, and they have moved their assault to state capitols and legislatures across the country.

The lies and extremism that led to the January 6th insurrection and its dangerous aftermath have no place in the United States of America, and elected leaders must help lead the way in standing up for the truth, protecting our democracy, and making sure that it’s the vote of the people that decides all future elections.

We must never forget what happened one year ago today, and we must recommit ourselves to the hope and promise of a democratic government. It is up to us to defend it. 

ROY COOPER
Governor of North Carolina
Raleigh 


Quandary solved by change in counting COVID deaths? \

Today I saw an item on YouTube that I thought needed to be noted — there have now been more COVID deaths under the Biden administration than the Trump administration.

For over a year I have tried to make the point that India has done a much better job with the COVID pandemic than has the CDC with (Dr. Tony) Fauci.  

I have said this because India has five times the population that the United States has, yet USA deaths at the time were recalling 30,000 to 40,000, approximately, or a ratio of 3 to 4.  

Another point being at the time India, being a poor country, did not have “mass” access to the vaccine.

My statement was that the Indian CDC director was doing  a much better job of controlling the pandemic than was Dr. Fauci; and that it would make good sense to fire Fauci and hire the Indian director.

Today, light and  truth may have shown on the dilemma. A directive has been sent stating that deaths with a COVID comorbidity should no longer be counted as a COVID death.

The example given was that if you had a car wreck and a child was killed in it and was later tested at the hospital and was found to have COVID at the time of death, not to count that as a COVID death.  

For me, I suppose regarding the new policy, if it is true, is to be Southern about it and say, “Well, isn’t that precious!”  

ROGER BUCKNER
Asheville 



Reader favors putting cap on wealth of 'super rich'

I am writing to advocate for the passage of Huey Long’s proposal of the 1930s in favor of our federal government placing a cap on the personal fortunes of wealth of the super-rich who make up less than 1 percent of our population.  

Why?

Because the new revenue that would be generated from this could be used to solve many of our social problems and thereby significantly improve the lives of almost all Americans, including all of the warring Democrats and Republicans.

I recall reading a biblical scripture saying that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into Heaven.

If advocating for such an idea results in my being mocked and ridiculed for being some kind of child-like and naive and innocent “Pollyanna” and “Little Goody Two-Shoes,” then my response will be to repeat what Robert Kennedy often said — ”Some people look at things as they are and ask ‘Why?’ I dream of things as they might be and could be and say ‘Why not?'”

STEWART B. EPSTEIN
Rochester, N.Y. 




For the wrong reasons, Asheville makes NPR’s ‘worst place to live’ list

Asheville recently had the distinction of being named to NPR’s “worst place to live” list for what I consider to be the wrong reasons. 

Asheville’s placement on this list seems to be mainly associated with the affordability of living in this area for certain groups of people. 

As I see it, the problem with the Asheville area is the City of Asheville itself. Asheville is surrounded by great natural beauty. We have spent years exploring the surrounding Western North Carolina area and Blue Ridge Mountains and have discovered some real gems.
Living in the Asheville area has been a real pleasure.

Asheville may once have been “the Paris of the South,” but it is fast becoming the San Francisco of the East. When we first got here we loved the hip vibe of the city with the arts and music that go along with it. We used to go to the Drum Circle on Fridays in the summertime. It was a blast! The cuisine of downtown Asheville was tantalizingly eclectic and could be savored in a nice relaxed atmosphere. The restaurants had a unique and whimsical character. The many shops were novel and unique. It was a fun city to visit. 

Unfortunately, its character has changed due to the actions of the city government. Stymied by a “progressive” mentality of false hopes and dreams, the city has become a mere shadow of its former self. It is a sad tale of two cities. One city is vibrant and alive. The other is a city in the throes of descending into an ugly reign of terror that has already overtaken much of the rest of the world.

The city government has acted in ways to weaken law enforcement. In response to misplaced racial justice protests, the city has decided to “reimagine” public safety, which is a euphemism for disempowering the police department.The continuous barrage of calls to defund the police and poor pay have led to low morale. More than 80 staff members have left the department. As a  result, crime is skyrocketing. 

Other actions (and inactions) taken by the city have tended to encourage a growing homeless population, with its attendant filth and drug usage. No one can deny that homelessness and drug addiction need to be addressed in a most compassionate, comprehensive and humane manner. 

Can’t the city do better than to aimlessly allow these conditions to fester?

 Finally, I was disappointed to hear that some restaurants in downtown Asheville are requiring proof of vaccination and I am sure that, in time, it will be extended to other business establishments. 

I consider this intrusion to be humiliating and a gross violation of our right to medical privacy, particularly in light of the fact that the so-called omicron variant of SARS- CoV-2 is a much milder strain of the virus as we are being told by medical authorities. 

Why all the fear, then?

Because media outlets are stoking a false narrative of horror without the factual evidence to support their wild and ludicrous claims. It’s political — and it furthers their left-wing agenda. We are all the victims of intentional state-sponsored pandemonium, carefully designed to divide us. 

Much like other “regressive” cities across the country, Asheville is fast becoming a gulag of the “woke:“Do not attempt to think and reason for yourselves. We will determine what you think and feel. You will be absorbed by Google brain! Search results guaranteed to free you from having to think for yourselves!”

These unconstitutional, unnecessary and inhuman mandates, as I wrote in a recent letter to the editor, are based on bad science. The fact of innate and acquired immunity is real science. 

Sadly, Asheville has become a leper colony of mad acolytes of a viral messiah that liberated them from the burden of truly responsible citizenship. Good citizenship, may I remind you, allows for and even encourages dissenting political opinions to be articulated in the public arena. 

What is the point of citizenship, if you are not allowed to have a voice?

Unfortunately the foundation of human health has been grossly distorted and has been dangerously reimagined to exist at the tip of a state-imposed magic needle, where you get to play Russian Roulette with your life. A real lottery of death.

We can do better than this. The city needs to awaken from the nightmare of this irrational “woke” mentality that seeks to reset our society with a rising tyranny of arrogance and ignorance.

These unenlightened policies and measures have canceled the congeniality of a once-fair city that stood tall as a mountain paradise. We need to oppose these draconian measures with the force of our souls. 

Let us follow the example of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and tennis great Novak Djokovic, both of whom have mounted heroic stands against the new totalitarian order. 

Their undaunted courage should inspire us all to reclaim the spirit of good citizenship that is the foundation of true democracy. 

We are all in this together, but if this campaign of unsubstantiated fear continues, we will never be together again.

DAVE EVANS
Arden





‘Northern compassion’ spawned eugenics movement, reader saysto eugenics

Eugenics was started up North in the early 1900s to sterilize the poor, mentally ill, disabled and non-whites.

This was funded and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, Carnegie Institution, J.H. Kellogg (Kellogg’s Corn Flakes), Margaret Sanger (head of Planned Parenthood) and the League of Women Voters.

Conservationist Madison Grant openly advocated outright genocide and was cited as a defense at the Nuremberg Trials.

California sterilized more people, mostly Hispanic, than all other states combined.

California inspired the Nazi eugenics and even sent people to help organize it.  The Rockefeller Foundation also helped develop and fund various German eugenics programs, including Josef Mengele’s.

Harry Laughlin bragged that his eugenics laws were implemented in the 1935 Nuremberg Laws, and received an honorary doctorate from Germany.

Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! 

Or should I say, “Seig Heil!"

JOHN BROWN
Hendersonville

 



Those ‘young yankee students’ .... Why did they come to my house?


You asked of me, why did the young Yankee students come to my house?  

Well today they came back with two young Southern black men, and I asked them. 

“Well,” they said, “Mr. H.K., many of our peers who have visited you lately came to see you because of a genuine concern of your health because of a reported heart attack you had that was published in the Asheville Daily Planet newspaper (Jan. 1-18 edition).

“And many of them came back to school and talked about your epic journey in suport of the Southern Confederacy during the war. And frankly many of them see you as a legend and a hero of sort. 

“And we — and these two black men — also wanted to know why a Southern black man would fight for a region and its people who fought a war to maintain slavery. And even more so to align himself with a famous white supremacist like Kirk Lyons, who to our satisfaction, you have debunked that premise about Mr. Lyons.”

In response, I said, “Well, gentleman, anybody who takes up the red herring of slavery as the cause that took the honorable and patriotic people of the South to war — after the illegally invasión conducted by President Abraham Lincoln —clearly does not understand history. 

“We must take a long look at the abomination tariffs imposed upon the South with less than 30 percent of the nation’s population forced to pay 85 percent of the nation’s taxes. 

“Tyranny at its highest level occurred as they watched this revenue go to Northern banks, Northern railroads and yankee industrial complexes, with the intent on taxing Southern slaves. 

“The North could not be trusted to obey the Constitution. They were making huge profits by shipping cotton, manufacturing and banking for the South. With tariffs,  bounties, subsidies and monopolies for their businesses from the federal government, they were bankrupting the South.

“And when the talks of free trade from the South became prevalent, and put an end to Northern economic dominance, the radicals of Lincoln set the stage for war. And with his election and promise to support the Morrill Tariffs, it left the South no other choice but to take the legal path of secession.

“And his (Lincoln’s) response was to collude with the federal armed forces before his inauguration to invade the South. And he did. 

“Slavery only became an issue in 1862, when the North feared that Europe would enter the war on the side of the South. 

“They even called for the Southern slaves to rise up and slit the throats of Southern men, women and children. 

“However, Just like John Brown, they quickly found out that, for the slaves who had been accustomed to the white folks’ Christian charity and love shrouded upon them as family, this was not going to happen.

 “And I tell you babies, who come today to hear my words, if you do not understand, then you are on the path to succumb to the Marxists of today, who bring forth their domestic “woke” and hijacked Black Lives Matter agendas. 

“The Southern white man — in lieu of the economic institution of slavery — is the only true friend that the African people of the South has ever had. 

“And the whole of this nation must come to understand that he has always been the protector of the Constitution, and all its parts. And neither he nor his people deserve the false narratives laid upon them as retalliation for the courageous stand against the evil of tyranny in 1861.

“I take great pride in the teaching of the Confederate soldier’s good name — and that of his people and region. 

“And even more so about the free men of color to include those who were indentured who interposed their bodies with their white family as brothers native of the Southern soil — as one — to defend their homeland.”
 On a separate note, I want to personally thank the women of the United Daughters of the Confederacy from all across the country for their most generous and most needed donations. 

God bless you!

H.K.EDGERTON
Chairman of the Board of Advisors Emeritus, Southern Legal Resource Center
Member, Save Southern Heritage 
Honorary Life Member, Ladies Memorial Association 
Honorary Life Member, Texas & Kentucky Sons of Confederate Veterans 
Honorary Associate Member, Abner Baker Chapter #-1404 United Daughters of the Confederacy 
Honorary Life Member, North Carolina, Tennessee & Georgia Orders of the Confederate Rose 
President, Southern Heritage 411
Asheville



 



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