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Supports Republican local and state candidates

We met with Pat Cothran several years ago; she knew we were praying for candidates several years ago, and she mailed us an "If My People" booklet. She is our choice for Register of Deeds.

We continue to pray for our state and county's leaders, as well as for Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. God is our hope and he can use both of them, if they accept his counsel.

We have had conversations with Patrick McHenry, running for U.S. House; Bob Chilmonik, running for Buncombe County Board of Education (Owen district); and Chuck Archerd, running for Buncombe County Board of Commissioners chair. We believe they will be good leaders.

We are for Gov. McCrory and Dan Forest; they want to protect traditional marriage, family and children. Under their leadership, our state paid off $2.5 billion debt owed to the federal government, 300,000 new jobs were created in N.C., taxes were cut by $4.4 billion and the unemployment rate is lower in all 100 counties in N.C.

Bob Edmunds is our choice for N.C. Supreme Court. Richard Burr is good for U.S. Senate; he has answered our letters favorably.

We encourage you to pay for us, each other and for our present and future leaders to study and apply 2 Chronicles 7:14 and 1 Timothy 2:1-8.

Bruce and Sylvia Arrowood

Black Mountain

Let facts, not emotion,

rule talk on crematory

After what felt like an emotion-based campaign against the proposed crematory at Harwood Home for Funerals, I was heartened to open the BMN this week to a page of fact-backed opinions (BMN Oct. 27). Healthy debate of issues is critical to the progress of a community, but must be done with integrity and respect, not based in conjecture and hidden agendas. It initially reminded me of a struggle I had several years ago which resulted in the demonization of people with autism, casualty of an unrelated objective.

Just as a certain presidential candidate has whipped his followers into a frenzy with openly-false assertions because he appeals to their fears and suspicions (unbacked by facts and with few realistic solutions), we can easily fall into that trap in our own town. We work and play among friends and neighbors with widely differing beliefs, and yet we are respectful and cooperative and even like each other. Let us extend that integrity to difficult discussions and not slide into assumptions and division.

Linda Tatsapaugh

Black Mountain

Another harrowing tale

at Veterans Cemetery

I read the article written by Deanne Kells about walking her dog at the Veterans Cemetery here in Black Mountain (BMN Oct. 27). I had a similar experience there a couple of years ago while running on the roadways.

Like Ms. Kells, I have never left the roadways when I have been running through the cemetery. I live close to the cemetery and enjoy running there because I always felt safe (not so much traffic) and loved the beautiful views from the top of the hill.

I was running there a couple of years ago when I heard a vehicle approaching me from behind. I moved over to the side of the road just in time to hear a man yell at me as he passed in his old orange pickup truck, “You *** ***, I hope you die! You are disrespecting everyone here! Leave now!” Thankfully, the man continued driving through the cemetery, but that statement has never left my memory.

My father-in-law, family friends, and many of my uncles are buried at the Veterans Cemetery. I don’t feel this was disrespectful in the least to run there. However, I feel it was very disrespectful to everyone buried in that peaceful place for that man to yell obscenities at me as he rode through the cemetery.

I have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy and appreciate the Veterans Cemetery for morning runs; but because of that man, I always look nervously over my shoulder when I hear a car approach.

Cindy Roberts

Black Mountain

North Fork bear is first

to miss Barbara Hootman

I am writing on behalf of my three cubs and all the animals, birds, and plants in the Swannanoa Valley to say how much we appreciated Barbara Hootman’s work at the paper.

She gave voice to nature and all of us who are also your neighbors in the Valley. Whether it was updating the community on what we were doing as summer turned to fall or winter to spring, Barbara enriched and educated everyone. And she reminded everyone of just where we live, in the beautiful, diverse southern Appalachian forests.

She will be missed.

Frankie, via Fern Martin

Black Mountain

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