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Opinion Letters

I read David Snell’s letter in the Oct. 8, issue and I must agree that Bernie Sanders honestly believes he knows what is best for Americans.

But I do become suspicious when listening to Bernie Sanders preaching to the crowd and hear him to refer to the greedy rich. Frankly I find this a bit disgusting for a variety of reasons.

Greed can take many forms and can involve money but greed can also involve the need for political power.

From what I can learn when I listen to him, he is hungry for power and more control which, by the way, is at the root of Socialism.


I was never scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween next Saturday night.

What really used to scare me was the meat industry.

This is the industry that mutilates, cages, and butchers billions of cows, pigs, and other feeling animals, that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling workplace injuries at slave wages, that exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale prices, then jails those who document its abuses through unconstitutional "ag-gag" laws.


A warm sun shone on the streets; then a slight chill in the air enveloped the town. Even the weather seemed eager for Pumpkin Fest. Saturday, Oct. 24 was a day for families, visitors, and town folk, to celebrate our beautiful fall celebration. It was a day when merchants, vendors, and entertainers welcomed everyone to have fun and enjoy fall in my small mountain town. Giggling children, happy parents, grandparents, and visitors from afar filled the area.

My favorite visitor was a knight astride his fire breathing dragon. I appreciate the fact that the knight did not let his dragon gobble up the goodies or toast them with his breath.


The “BB&T Distinguished Professor of Capitalism” at WCU has responded to my letter regarding BB&T bank’s practice of funding pro-corporate professors on college campuses across the country. I did not name the professor, as it was not my intention to denigrate his reputation, as I am sure he is a well-qualified professional, or he would not have gotten the position.

The fundamental problem, however, is the system in which giant corporations can install those who agree with their political viewpoint into our public educational institutions. By definition, this act makes our universities less public and more controlled by private forces and motivations.

Further, why should those with an overabundance of money be able to get their views over-represented in a public university? This is the same issue as that of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Citizens United: that in an underregulated market, the wealthy and powerful have disproportionate influence on our government and society. This ruling reverses a great American tradition of one person, one vote.


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