Campbell missed the point in column


To the Editor:

In response to “Another man sounds off on abortion,” Oct.14 column; Tom Campbell appears to overlook one major difference between criminals and unborn babies. For obvious reasons, unborn babies are innocent. Convicted murderers, serial killers and terrorists are not.

I can agree that even the most unsavory characters (such as convicted Boston marathon Bomber, Kharkson Tsaraev) are entitled to as fair of a trial as possible, to due process and the right of an appeal. But when due process has been carried out, the cause of justice needs to be allowed to move forward with all due and appropriate speed. Capital punishment (death penalty), should be at least “on the books” in all 50 state courts, and in the federal court system as well.

Abortions nationwide should be allowed only in emergency case scenarios such as those caused by rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. Abortions should be carried out only in licensed hospitals and by medical doctors that are cross certified in obstetrics and gynecology.

Abortion clinics that are operated and managed by organizations such as NARAL and Planned Parenthood are not properly staffed or equipped to respond to unexpected complications or medical emergencies.

Bob Morris, Webster


Herald keeps reader informed, entertained


To the Editor:

I love The Sylva Herald. I spend more time reading The Sylva Herald each week than the regional paper seven times a week. There is more news of interest to me in The Sylva Herald. It is balanced and informative. I have read it for the past 51 years – every week. That’s 2,653 issues!

I enjoy knowing what’s going on with our local high school sports teams: tennis, football, soccer, cross country, basketball and baseball with names of kids I know and their families. Thanks, Carey Phillips. In a recent edition, he had reports on 12 different sports events. Carey, when do you sleep?

Jackson County history is included in the Looking Back section. I especially enjoyed the recent entry from 2001 about Justin Roper throwing a pair of touchdowns to lead the Mustangs past East Henderson 14-7. Justin, do you know how old you are now? Or about Jackson Simmons having his jersey retired in 2011. Good families, the Ropers and Simmons. And the weekly history stories by Jim Buchanan are great.

I also enjoy the Noteworthy section. I am even interested in the police and sheriff arrest reports, and the District Court report. It is good to know what’s going on and that our law enforcement in on the job! I feel safe in Jackson County.

It is interesting to read Letters to the Editor, again from people I know and see around at the Coffee Shop and Big Nick’s BBQ. Some of the letters I agree with. Others, not so much. But that’s OK.

I enjoy reading about people’s retirements, reunions and anniversaries. I know these people. I am even interested in the obituaries of local people I knew whose lives touched so many. And of people I don’t know but know their families who have added to the richness of Jackson County.

I enjoy remembering the many “kids” who grew up with my children (who are still in Jackson County now as grownups) and are now working in our schools as teachers and principals, in medical settings as physicians and nurses, and in our businesses as owners and workers.

You report so much positive news. We all need that.

I love the history of the newspaper itself – long timers Jim Gray, Steve Gray, Margo Gray, Jim Buchanan and so many others like Dave Russell and Beth Lawrence. Keep it up! Don’t ever stop. Your newspaper adds so much to the fabric of our wonderful Jackson County community.

Jerry Coffey, Webster


Cullowhee Mountain traffic a menace


To the Editor:

Regarding traffic problems on Cullowhee Mountain, either one of two corrective actions needs to take place:

County commissioners step up and fund a two-man traffic unit (thinking about going to a board meeting soon)… great day! It is only money, they seem to find dollars for everything else – how about public safety?

Or, residents as a group sign complaints and bring speeders into court (is that not enforcement’s job?)

Perhaps a neighborhood traffic watch? (Actually, I like the first step better, but it is a solution).

It does not take a Rhodes Scholar to tell if someone is speeding excessively (I bet you can even do it).

I will supply a cheap radar unit and lawn chairs – an in-the-field experiment.

At the very least, it would provide The Herald with excellent material for an article/editorial.

Speeding/tailgating goes on every day ... day after day, with not a care in the world about getting caught.

By the way, how folks drive their grocery carts in the store is exactly how they drive their cars/trucks on the roads.

Pay attention in the store next time and you will know who to avoid on the roads.

Thomas Fischel, Cullowhee


Will vote for those who seek to unite us


To the Editor:

I read with interest Tom Campbell’s and John Hood’s opinion pieces in the Oct. 7 Sylva Herald.

Campbell highlighted the urgent need to move past partisan rancor and vision and to focus instead on issues that unite us. Hood detailed real-life positive outcomes of individuals with differing political values engaging in meaningful dialogue with each other. Both perspectives were most appreciated during this very ununited time in AmericaI also read with interest an article on the following page covering the recent visit of U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn to Western Carolina University. I would describe his remarks, at best, as divisive.

In the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, I will cast my vote for candidates who seek to unite us rather than those who strive to further deepen the divisions in our un-United States.

Kathryn Ross, Sylva


We must be our own advocates in health care


To the Editor:

Oct. 18 is the first anniversary of my husband’s passing. His death from advanced cancer was a parcel of errors, misguided information and poor medical care from doctors.

In January, David had a CT scan where a small spot was found on his lung. Although I was written as his notification of record for health care, I was not told by his doctor or David. If that information was passed on to me I would have pushed for a bronchoscopy then. He was misdiagnosed with asthma and COPD and treated for that.

He continued to deteriorate and I continued to tell him to go back to his doctor. He did several times, but nothing more was done.

In the later part of September David asked me to check a lump on his back and I did. I insisted he call and make another appointment. The doctor said it was a muscle spasm. I was a physical therapist assistant for over 20 years and know what a muscle spasm feels like. Once again I told him he needed to go back to the doctor, which he did.

Finally they did another CT on him. He had cancer in both lungs, his kidneys and liver. At that time he was scheduled for a bronchoscopy. That happened Oct. 15.

Because of COVID I could not go in so waited in a hospital parking lot for a little over two hours. The doctor who did the bronchoscopy called me to tell me David’s breathing was off a little bit and they were keeping him overnight, “I could pick him up in the morning.”

Flash forward to 11 p.m. that night. The phone rang and it was a nurse from the ICU. I was told that David had been on a ventilator since the morning and although off it now, was not doing well, I should come to the hospital, “now.” I left the house. He was in bad shape. The nurses were fantastic throughout his stay. On Sunday he pulled at his mask until they took it off of him and he slowly, quietly passed away later that afternoon.

We never heard from the doctor who did the bronchoscopy or his primary care doctor while he was in the hospital and only saw another doctor via video conference the Saturday before his death.

The reason for writing this saga is to tell you, the readers of this paper, to be an advocate for yourself. Push your medical professionals for answers. Listen to your family, partners and friends. No one should go through the issues my husband and I went through. If one doctor had ordered a bronchoscopy on the tiny spot on his lung back in January …

Anne Bello, Whittier


Speeders spoil trip to Dillsboro


To the Editor:

Many years ago, I graduated from Western Carolina and moved away from the mountains I had grown to love. It is always a joy when I have an opportunity to come back for a visit. In September, I spent a few nights at the charming Reed House in the heart of Dillsboro.

I was sad to see that the shops and galleries around the iconic Well House are gone, but I enjoyed visiting many of the other merchants, eateries and the brewery. My visit was nearly perfect except for one thing: cars speeding up and down Haywood Road.

The posted speed limit is 20 mph, but cars fly by at easily twice that speed night and day. This is dangerous. There are two crosswalks that give people the impression it is safe to walk around that side of Dillsboro. It is not when cars are speeding.

I wrote to the county manager, the sheriff, and the Dillsboro Merchant’s Association to bring this to their attention and to suggest public safety improvements.

Nobody replied.

Community leaders should show some concern and take some action before somebody gets hurt.

Roch Smith Jr., Greensboro