Letters to the Editor


Thanks for helping a family just passing through

Friday, Oct. 2 was another rainy day in a whole week of rainy days. It was my regular scheduled Friday morning to volunteer as an intake worker at the Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry. As I came to work I wondered if it would be a slow day due to the rain or if we would be busy trying to meet the needs of many people from our end of Buncombe County.

About 10 a.m. Nikki Guffey, a member of the Black Mountain Police Department, came into the office asking if we had any car seats. With her were a young couple and their two children, a girl of 4 and boy who was 1. They were driving a very old car, and Nikki said the car seats they were using were not legal. The two car seats we had on hand were not able to used either.

Although the family did not meet our guidelines of being residents of the Valley, it was decided that we would cover the cost to purchase the seats.

I want to thank Nikki Guffey for being concerned about the family and their needs. I also want to thank the town and police department for their professionalism and kindness.

Thank you as well to the supporters of the SVCM who made (this) possible.

Florence H. Shelor

Black Mountain

Honesty is a basic qualification

The facts are in, hands down: lying is not a trivial matter. Integrity is the cornerstone of civilized societies. It is at the core of our being. Someone who does not possess this quality has a serious character flaw. And is not worthy of the trust of the electorate.

Shakespeare wrote: “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” Cervantes had Don Quixote say: “Honesty is the first step toward greatness.”

The Bible admonishes, “Provide things honest in the sight of all men” (Romas 12:17).

Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and denotes positive, virtuous attributes, such as truthfulness and straight-forwardness along with the absence of lying, cheating or theft, period.

After the hearings, the main witness failed on all counts. Lying is not an art form; it is a sin. And unforgiven has a very undesirable destination (Rev. 21:8).

The Rev. Gene S. Carnell