Open your eyes

To the editor: In her Sept. 10 letter to the editor, Virginia Gambill asks, “How long shall nonprofit entities continue using services and getting off scot-free?” Really, Ms. Gambill? Do you really believe that these nonprofits provide no services to the community?

I suggest that you go work a food line at the Rescue Mission. Or visit Interfaith Assistance Ministries to see the folks coming in for counseling, clothing, etc. Or help out one night at Feed the Kids. Do you think the city is going to take over all of the services provided by the many nonprofits in this city? Good luck with that.

When my wife and I moved here several years ago, we were amazed at the number and variety of organizations that provide the various services needed here, and that they do it through charitable donations and hundreds, no thousands, of volunteer hours. To suggest that they use city services and get off “scot-free” is ludicrous.

Open your eyes to all of the good that these organizations do, Ms. Gambill, and you might be inspired to help.

 

Jim Nelson, Hendersonville

 

Grade A school

To the editor: Hendersonville High School has recently made headlines by being one of two schools in our county to earn the highly esteemed grade of A from the state of North Carolina. It should be pointed out that this accomplishment was achieved without benefit of a “state of the art” facility. Thank you.

 

Jan Gibney, HHS graduate, 1966, Hendersonville

 

‘Dumb Southerners’

To the editor: According to Bob Woodward’s new book, the president calls the attorney general a dumb Southerner. He says the same about his second wife’s parents. If I was born south of the Mason Dixon Line and had an accent, I would feel insulted, and yet his base doesn’t seem to care. Perhaps they are “dumb Southerners”?

The president also still wonders why Judge Roy Moore didn’t win his election. Like the saying says, “It takes one to know one.” But what do I know? I’m just a “dumb Northerner”!

 

Joel Helfand, Hendersonville

 

A red herring

To the editor: Lodestar, an unusual term for showing the way and popular to Vice President Mike Pence. Surely used as a red herring to implicate him as being the author of the recent New York Times anonymous op-ed.

Duty, honor, country. This motto will quicken the pulse of anyone from West Point. Who among the Cabinet and staff of the White House will respond? Who has the desire to correct our government for the good of the country? West Pointers? Gens. John Kelly and Jim Mattis? Remember, Mattis has five more generals and admirals working for him, and patriots all.

Anyone remember from World War II the plot by German generals to kill Adolf Hitler in order to save their country? I submit that the op-ed was not written by just one author. Similar to Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” All of the suspects stabbed the victim. Shared the responsibility.

Our military patriots also hope to save their (our) country. Duty, honor, country. Semper fi. Up, up and away (I’m Air Force).

 

Arthur L. Swygard, Hendersonville

 

Kudzu run amok

To the editor: The new Publix on the south side of town has brought with it freshly paved and widened roads, better-looking power grid and landscaping. But right in front of the beautiful “Welcome to Hendersonville” sign is kudzu at its best.

Who is responsible for cleaning this up?

 

Ben McKenney, Hendersonville