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Letters to the Editor: Sept.28

Stop playing games with nation's symbol

As an attorney I question the NFL players, their behavior, and their allegiance to this country, and therefore would argue that they have no First Amendment right of expression as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and as a felonious act would be denied the privilege to participate under paid contract in the NFL as well as forfeit other rights as felons.
There is no right guaranteed beyond the dignity of this nation or above and beyond the respect for the symbol of freedom recognized by the entire free world. I will be first to write my congressmen advocating a new law prohibiting such disrespect and hope we have a judge somewhere with enough courage to stand up for the oath of office he took to uphold the Constitution of the United States and what it stands for and not whine about political correctness letting them have their so-called individual rights. I make my living ensuring that the constitutional rights of the accused are not violated or abridged, but I don't bend down to trampling on the public's right to be safe from criminal conduct by protecting the criminal.
Some of us have sat on the sidelines watching this crap way too long. It is time for us now to get up off our butt and do something — enough is enough.
I for one am sick and tired of political correctness.
I am calling for all Christians to pray to take up our cross and our flag. You'll notice that everyday I go into that courtroom, that symbol of justice is tacked on my lapel right about my heart. Let's post it on our briefcases, on our law books, on our advertisements and spend our dollars with companies who follow principles over profits in the board room.
God Almighty, have mercy on this nation and empower me for change, let my righteous indignation be inflamed to make a difference in the courtrooms where I practice, the community where I live, the state I call home and never forget the many brave men and women who have given all, given their life for the sake and hope of that flag, those stars and stripes, as the holy system of a nation under God, indivisible, with justice and mercy for all. Stop the paid ballhandlers from playing games with our nation’s symbol.
Write Kevin Corbin, write Jim Davis our elected N.C. leaders. Write Mark Meadows and Thom Tillis, our elected Congressman.
Write your statement on a piece of paper, hang it on your vehicle, under your windshield wiper, tape it on your front door, on your mail box, pin it on your shirt. My fellow Americans join with me in saying, I believe in God and I believe in this flag, boycott all sponsors of the NFL.
Stop the paid ballhandlers from playing games with our nation’s symbol of freedom.
May God add his blessing and favor to this letter. — Ron L. Cowart

Supporting president’s message to NFL

I liked what Donald Trump said about the NFL, but he also should have said that the pro leagues have formed a cancer. It is a type of cancer that if not stopped will filter down through college, high school and grade school. 
Now Roger Gadel and the owners of NFL teams should stand behind Donald Trump’s message, but they won’t. Why? It is called big money. 
The only way this cancer can be cured, is if the fans protest and not show up for games, plus the season ticket holders demand their money back. 
Yes, it is a bad cancer that must be stopped. What will our teachers do here in Hayesville when our kids refuse to salute our flag? The kids will say the NFL does it so we can, too.
There is a type of cancer that is already here in our school. We never hear a prayer given over the loud speaker before a game. That must be stopped now.
As for me, I’ll only watch Buckeye football, plus the NFL in Canada. The players stand up for their flag and sing their anthem.
Of course I’ll always watch the Jackets play football. 
But maybe we won’t have to worry too much anymore cause rocket man is to do us all in.  — Tom Thomas

DACA recipients stimulating small towns

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals has provided hard-working young people and their families with a measure of stability. This policy protects individuals who came to this country as children from deportation and allows them to apply for employment authorization.
After DACA was initiated in 2012, recipients’ hourly wages increased by 42 percent. Six percent started their own business, compared to a national average of 3.1 percent, 21 percent purchased their first car, 12 percent purchased their first home and 90 percent received their drivers license or a state identification card. They are a critical part of our country’s social and economic fabric.
Schuyler, Neb., population 6,196, had long struggled to attract new residents. Today, the town is more than 70 percent Latino. For this small town and others like it in the U.S., immigrants are keeping shops open and breathing fresh life into main streets.
Now, their future is uncertain.
Nearly 750,000 young people fear losing everything they have worked for. Almost 70 percent came to this country at the age of 10 or younger. Today, the average DACA recipient is 22 years old, employed and in pursuit of higher education.
To rob these individuals of an opportunity to learn, earn and live would impair their capacity to contribute. It would be counterproductive and harmful to the country as a whole. It can be debilitating to the communities that helped raise them.
After the Trump Administration’s damning decision, Congress has a responsibility to stand opposed to any federal action that would rescind DACA or result in additional restrictions that would act as barriers to the continued contributions of these young immigrants and their families to rural communities and the U.S.
Legislation promoting safety, well-being and welcoming will continue to uplift the many young people who want to put their talents to use and give back to the only country they have ever known as home.
Johnathan Hladik works for Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization whose mission says it is working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic and environmental issues.  — Johnathan Hladik

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