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Letters to the Editor: Sept.21

Appreciate our history or change countries

I am a proud conservative Christian, peaceful, freedom-loving American. I'm horrified by what is going on in our world today. I'm shocked by so many of my liberal friends, family and acquaintances claiming to want good in the world, but instead are tearing down America. They seem to want a socialist America.  Really? Liberals are working at taking away God, many of our freedoms and rewriting history. "Gone With the Wind" should be banned? Insanity reigns supreme.
Politicians say they will give free college tuition and other hand-outs. Where do they think the money comes from? What will happen when you let the government control everything? You've been blinded and led like lemmings by those that want a One World Order. Taking away God removes the good rules to live by — the Ten Commandments could never be said to be a bad thing.
Research America's history and not the watered down, edited and altered versions peddled by the news, Internet blogs and sadly, even our schools. Read the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and all our founding documents. If you find you cannot appreciate these writings, I ask that you move to a place you think is better than America.    — Robbin Sinay


Many to thank for helping with 'Solar Sales'

Clay County Communities Revitalization Association would like to thank the community for making our Solar Sales fund-raiser a successful campaign for 2017.
Through your purchases, we are able to add to the funding of the courthouse restoration/preservation project, our work on the Jackrabbit Trail and our Cherokee Heritage programs and festival. It was a fun project for everyone involved. We would also like to thank the local firms that provided us with our merchandise and advertising: American Legion, Dynamic Designs, I-Stitch, Moss Memorial Library, PepsiCo, Inc., Prints Plus and Signs Fast.
In addition, thanks to the CCCRA board members who manned the tent and made the sales for four months, including Sandy Nicolette, Bob Hanson, Doug Canup, Marsha Christy, Ron Guggisberg, Paul Price and Vickie Ware. 
In addition, many thanks to the family and friends who donated their time to help including Bill Christy, Susanne Hanson, Sally Jordan, Annette Mann, Ann Price, Charlie Reeves, Hugh Ware and Kay Worden. A special thanks to Lisa Deas and Jerry Morris for hanging in there with us week after week at our sales events and doing the heavy lifting.
Thank you to the Clay County Chamber of Commerce and to Rob Tiger for making our merchandise available at your place of business.
If we missed anyone, know that we are thankful to all who made this a successful fund-raiser for CCCRA. — Barbara Deas, Secretary, CCCRA


Tired of the Civil War? Stop talking about it

Two points immediately come to mind after reading Ms. Ballard's letter — first if she’s interested in putting an end to the war — quit bringing it up. Secondly, if you are offended and opposed to the Confederacy, why would you choose to live in one of the seven original member states of the Confederacy? We take our history very seriously.
While I don’t know for sure, I’m assuming she was educated in the North and is a liberal. None of those things are bad in and of themselves. While I’m not a liberal, I did receive my initial education in the North, Chicago to be exact. 
I was taught all the things she believes to be true about the war. However, having experienced war first-hand I’ve come to understand that what is written about a war is not always fact. I’ve also learned that the side that wins the war gets to write the history of the war.
One of the several points she made in her last letter was the German people have wisely chosen not to return to Nazism. I would hope she’s not comparing the Confederate South to Nazism. If she is, she needs to do some fact checking on the atrocities committed by the Northern Army on Southern civilians. Or, if the sole purpose of the war was fought to free the slaves, why weren’t they freed in the North before the war started?
I’m sure she will never view the Confederate States of America as anything other than a group of Bible-carrying, black-hating white supremacy-minded individuals. Which is unfortunate, because I will probably always view the Northern States of 1861 as a group of money-hungry individuals who were afraid of losing the revenue produced by the South, as the South provided more than 60 percent of the Gross National Product in 1860. Also, in 1860 Congress was willing to endorse a Constitutional Amendment allowing the Southern states to retain their slaves.
Was slavery bad, yes; was it the main reason for the war, no. Good or bad, the Civil War is part of America’s history. 
Of course, both sides of this argument will go on forever, but again, if you’re an individual who holds specific beliefs about the Civil War, and you want it to go away, don’t bring it up. — David Junghans


Help celebrate heritage at statue dedication

Home. To some it’s a structure with four walls and a roof. For others, it’s a longing to return. Blairsville, Ga. and the surrounding mountains are at the center of the ancestral home of both the Muscogee Creek and Cherokee peoples.
As the Cherokee left these mountains, it was foretold that their children would one day return to see their ancestral lands, for here “the spirit of the land is still vested.”
The community of Blairsville will bring the nation’s attention to our efforts by dedicating a 10-foot bronze statue of a Native American stickball player.  The commissioned statue is the work of renowned Cherokee/Pawnee artist Daniel HorseChief of Sallisaw, Okla.
The dedication of the statue will include tribal officials of the Muscogee Nation, United Keetoowah Band, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. 
Also attending are tribal officials of the Seminole, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations of Oklahoma.
Stickball, or Kapucha Toli, as it is known in the Choctaw language, is a forerunner of lacrosse and is one of the oldest organized games played in America. The game was taken seriously in settling disputes and also taught teamwork and values.
 “Transcendent,” the unveiling begins at 10 a.m. Thursday. EBCI stickball games will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Demonstration Stomp Dance/ Chickasaw Nation will be 1 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21-23 at Meeks Park.
For details visit: or facebook: BloodMountainWeAreStillHere. 

After tragic loss, people from all walks of life showed compassion

My son, Sean, was the man killed when hit from behind by a van on Highway 64 on Aug. 22 while riding his motor scooter with his girlfriend, Caro. Sean was very excited about seeing the total eclipse and to be back in the area the O’Connors frequented in his teens for summer vacations camping at Lake Chatuge. He loved the area and the people. I was notified of Sean’s death around 8 p.m. by the Boca Raton police.
The next morning, my wife, Terry, (Sean’s step-mom) and I flew to Atlanta to drive to Walnut Hollow Ranch in Hayesville where Sean, Caro and her two dogs were staying in their RV.
At Alamo in Atlanta, I discovered that I had made the reservation the night before for Thursday, not Wednesday. The compassionate, concerned attendant, Karen Campbell with management’s approval, quickly waived all upcharges for changing our reservation and got us on our way with promises of prayers for Sean and Caro. Thank you, Karen and Alamo.
At Walnut Hollow Ranch, a very nice woman from Pennsylvania, who, like Sean and Caro, was in the area to see the eclipse, was assisting Charlie, the owner of Walnut Hollow Ranch, with the care of Caro’s beloved but old and sick bulldog, Ua, and her miniature pincher, Bruiser. Thank you, nice woman.
Charlie provided us a clean, comfortable room at a reasonable rate where we would spend the next three days trying to wrap our heads around the shock of how and why Sean was killed and Caro was severely injured.
Charlie was a very gracious host, sending flowers when we visited Caro, caring for the dogs, answering our many questions and assisting in hooking up the fifth wheel for our trip to south Florida. Thank you, Charlie.
North Carolina Highway Trooper A.J. Gordon stopped by that evening, on his own time, to hand deliver the driver exchange form from the accident and gave us a better idea of what happened and where it happened. 
He was extremely helpful, personable and professional. Thank you, Trooper Gordon.
Thank you to Rhonda Ledford, the Good Samaritan at the scene, who attempted to resuscitate Sean.
Thank you to the four U.S. Armed Servicemen who carried Caro to safety away from the burning scooter and van.
Thank you to the paramedics, air transporters and hospital staff at Erlanger Hospital who made Caro’s recovery possible.
Thank you to Dr. Greg Cranford, of Peachtree Animal Hospital, for his compassionate care of Ua and his generosity in providing same at no charge.
Thank you to Suzanne and the owners of Mary’s Southern Grill for their hospitality, sensitivity and generosity at this difficult time.
Thank you to Danny and the owners of Woody’s towing for their kindness and generosity.
In the midst of this tragedy, it’s heartwarming that there are a lot of good people out there watching out for each other.  Thank you, Mark and Terry O’Connor, Delray Beach, Fla.

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
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