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Opinions: April 5, 2018

 Use correct Web site for tax mapping info 

 As mandated by North Carolina General Statute 105-283, all property must be appraised at 100 percent of its true market value as of the effective date of the most recent county-wide revaluation. Clay County has conducted the 2018 county-wide revaluation as required by law. The notices reflecting the new assessed values were mailed on March 26, 2018. There is a link to the mapping Web site printed on the notice that is incorrect. The correct Web address is: www.clayconc.com/ taxes/tax-mapping/. This Web site can be utilized to review the value of properties in the county. If you do not agree with the new assessed value, you may submit an appeal by completing the questionnaire on the back of the assessment notice and returning it to the Clay County Revaluation Office, PO Box 486, Hayesville, N.C. 28904. You may also request an appeal by calling 389-0613 to schedule an appeal by phone or spersonal appearance. All appeals must be submitted by Thursday, April 26. If you have not received your new assessment notice within the next couple of days, contact the Clay County Tax Office. - Nancy Kimsey 

 

 Don’t mar landscape with political signs 

  When I was a teenager, I remember this song by the Five Man Electric Band called "Signs." The chorus went like this: “Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?” 
Sometimes when I ride around the historic courthouse square in Hayesville, this song comes to mind again. Once, and it was not even an election year, I saw maybe a dozen signs around the square. During elections I gave up trying to count the signs around the historic square wall. All these signs have taken away from the beauty of the courthouse and the square. 
I hope the community realizes that under a previous set of commissioners some years ago, the historic courthouse was vacated and essentially abandoned by the county. For this reason, it seems everyone felt it was OK to place their sign on the square for whatever event or activity they were planning, even if it would be months in the future. The county officials at the time did nothing to discourage or prevent it. 
Well, it’s a new day now and there is both a new owner of the property and a new lessee. The property is no longer abandoned or neglected. 
In December of 2016, the county signed a lease with the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association and then transferred the property to the Town of Hayesville in January 2017, as the new owner and landlord. The lease remained in effect with the transfer. Both CCCRA and the town have been working together to restore this historic structure and grounds. 
With the restoration to be completed this year, the courthouse building and grounds will again become the centerpiece for our community with more events, outside and now inside. We were hopeful that county residents, including political candidates, would respect this property as Clay County’s beautiful historical courthouse that will be the showcase of the town and county. However, it seems the numerous signs have begun to re-appear. 
Of course, signs required by town ordinance and signs for actual events on the square are permitted, but even then discretion should be used. Our goal, of course, is to preserve the beauty of the square and make it an attractive and inviting location that reflects the majesty of the historic courthouse. 
So our earnest plea is for all candidates or anyone wanting to place a sign on the historic courthouse square to respect this beautiful “old lady” and honor her as our county’s shining jewel to be treasured. Because it will actively be used, we challenge those candidates who have already placed signs on the square to consider removing them. 
Finally, we would ask that anyone wanting to place a sign on the square to contact us for permission before doing so. Let us all help the attractiveness of our small town to those coming to see what we have for them to enjoy. 
“Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind. “ - Doug Canup, treasurer CCCRA 
 

Historical docs expose truth behind war 

Despite how entertaining Messrs. Davis and Mincey's notions of American history are, for the edification of your readers it's worth noting two salient points. Abraham Lincoln did not start the American Civil War; the Confederacy did, therefore Lincoln's motivations are moot. Fortunately for posterity, when the Confederate States instigated the Civil War several of their state legislatures issued documents modeled after the U.S. Declaration of Independence, called “Declarations of Causes” enumerating their casus belli. 

• Georgia's mentioned slavery 34 times. 
• South Carolina's mentioned slavery 17 times. 
• Texas' mentioned slavery 22 times. 
• Mississippi's, a study in brevity, mentioned slavery seven times. 
“We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable. 
“That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations...” 
— The Confederate State of Texas, Feb. 2, 1861 
The founding fathers of the Confederacy were absolutely unequivocal; the sole reason for the Civil War was white supremacy, period. 
This is not '"fake news," but well-documented historical fact; feel free to look it up. To claim otherwise cannot be ascribed to anything other than willful ignorance or an idiotic preference for fiction over fact. 
Secondly, the removal of the Cherokee occurred in 1838-39 under President Andrew Jackson. Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1860. My sincere thanks to you both for explaining more eloquently than I ever could the importance of public education. - Emmet Bondurant 
 
 

Clay County Progress

Mailing Address: PO Box 483, Hayesville, NC 28904
Physical Address: 43 Main Street, Hayesville, NC 28904
Phone: 828-389-8431
Fax: 828-389-9997