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Opinion Letters

As a New York City gal who moved to a log cabin in Montana some years ago, I discovered the meaning of The Wilderness Act of 1964. Someone told me I’d just located to a couple of miles from the designated Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area and before I even dared hike a nearby trail, I recall thinking each night before sleep, “Wow, all’s ok up there. Nature is taking care of everything. I don’t have to worry or go up there to check out the place or even find out what’s going on.”

Which was the intent of the act as written in 1964 by The Wilderness Society member Howard Zahniser, who “believed modern humans deeply need wilderness because of the spiritual value that comes from recognizing ourselves not as masters but as members of a larger community of life.” He wrote, “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”


“Always a ray of sunshine,” that is what her tombstone reads. She was only 36 years old when her estranged husband murdered her in her home. He shot her in the back as she turned to run to escape his threats. My beautiful sister, Betsy Conley Angel’s sunshine was forever blanketed on March 10, 1989, when Jackie Angel maliciously took her life. She was so young, so full of life when she was tragically stripped from our lives forever.

It is quickly approaching the 26-year anniversary of her death, while every year we mourn the loss of our beloved Betsy, this year will be especially difficult. Difficult, because this year we must again fight to keep her murderer in prison as Jackie Angel is scheduled for a parole hearing. Jackie Angel was sentenced to life in prison for the firstdegree murder of our sister; however, that may not happen. The North Carolina Department of Corrections has set a parole hearing in January of 2015.


I want to thank so many people for their kindness to me while I was recuperating at Macon Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, for your visits, cards, flowers, and phone calls.

To say that you helped me get through those long days would be an understatement. The staff and everyone at Macon Valley were wonderful. Thank you all so very much.

With deepest appreciation,

Pat Breedlove — Franklin, N.C.

I’m sure you would agree that everyone is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact that he or she is a human being. We, in America, can appreciate these Godgiven rights since we were born in a country where the Bill of Rights is part of our basic Constitution. But there are many places on our planet where human rights are not fully recognized.

One of the most important documents ever conceived under the auspices of the United Nations was the adoption in December 1948, of the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” This document outlines the rights of all peoples everywhere and has become a universal standard of equal treatment. This year will be the 66th anniversary of the adoption of that important document. Do you know which human rights are included in this monumental document?


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