Children in our community 

need your help


To the Editor:

The 2019-20 school year will begin in a few short weeks. Unfortunately, there are children in our community who will start school without basic supplies unless we help.

The “Back to School Project” is a program offered by Social Services and supported by the generosity of citizens, churches and businesses of Jackson County to ensure that the neediest children in Jackson County begin their school year with necessary school supplies.

This is our 20th anniversary of administering this award-winning project, which was the result of one social worker realizing this tremendous need. She enlisted the help of her co-workers and the community to ensure that children began the school year prepared and excited about learning. Last year enough money was donated to assist 156 children with a backpack, school supplies and new shoes.

Please support the “Back to School Project” and help our less fortunate children prepare for their first day of school. You can make a difference in a child’s self esteem and motivation for learning by providing the necessary supplies needed for school this year.

All contributions are used to purchase school supplies. Our goal is to help 200 children this year. Please consider making a donation to help reach this goal. You can make checks payable to: JCDSS Boosters c/o Jackson County DSS, 15 Griffin St. Sylva, NC 28779.

Jennifer Abshire, Jackson DSS director,

on behalf of The Back to School Project Committee


Death of democracy?


To the Editor:


Donald Trump will not be re-elected. Here’s why: Abraham Lincoln said you can’t fool all the people all the time. Cult leader Jim Jones fooled his followers. Many of them died with other cult members in Guyana. Like Jones’ “church,” some of Trump’s followers will remain loyal, echoing his divisive politics.

But most Democrats, many Republicans and many, many unaffilliated voters are not fooled by Trump’s rhetoric. They know they are being systematically left out in America. Most of them also see the trap that is being laid by wealthy/corporate donors in a plot to establish a fascist government like the one that was foiled in 1933 by Marine Major General Smedley Darlington Butler. Read about that shameful period in American history in Jules Archer’s book “The Plot to Seize the White House.”

Americans are too smart to elect Trump twice. Tom Steyer reminds us we need to retool our government to work for the people – Democrats, unnaffilliated voters and Republicans (including those who now support Trump).

But, since Trump is keeping the door open for Russia to swing the 2020 election for him, have we seen the death of democracy in America?

Dave Waldrop,