To the editor: Regarding your Aug. 5 front-page article "City eyes tax-exempt properties," I find it interesting that Hendersonville City Council, and particularly Councilman Jeff Miller, think that churches and nonprofits should help pay for the services they receive from the city.
Miller and his fellow council members should stop and consider the many services that these entities provide to the residents of Hendersonville through voluntary gifts and donations from individuals, businesses and corporations. If nonprofits and churches are to be asked to pay property taxes, even voluntarily, will the city in turn provide volunteers and financial assistance for the many programs and services provided by such organizations?
Jim Nelson, Hendersonville
No one cares
To the editor: Aren't you thrilled by the latest Donald Trump proposal that would factor in inflation to minimize the tax bite on any capital gains you have on stocks or property?
Beleaguered wealthy taxpayers need this help, but how about we the people who are trying to make it on a $7.50 minimum wage? The answer seems to be to go back to school, get a degree and then move up the wage scale.
How about if you are a single parent, have two children and the responsible father has fled the scene? Maybe you had the children because of the right-to-life folks, and now they're offering no help.
One bit of help, not forthcoming yet from either party, would be to raise the minimum wage to $15 hourly and not allow companies to restrict hours so they don't have to offer benefits.
With some help, what motive do “we the people” have to vote? No one seems to care enough to support us except to say: "Go back to school and get a degree."
Steve Franks, Hendersonville
To the editor: It is my earnest plea to ALL voters who study the issues and vote for individuals who closely represent the interests of their constituents’ needs from this district, please take note of Congressman Mark Meadows’ latest actions, which favor Donald Trump’s policies of trash and burn.
1. Meadows voted for legislation that would have allowed the federal government to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security coffers to shore up losses from recent tax break for the wealthy. Luckily it did not pass, however, this shows how callous Meadows is when he knows full well there are many depending on Social Security income.
2. Meadows promoted articles of impeachment seeking to remove Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from his job as watchdog over current investigations into Russian interference in the United States of America’s voting procedures.
If these actions do not tell you something important about the possible future with Meadows in our district or the future of our country, then you are not paying attention.
Virginia Gambill, Hendersonville
To the editor: Why is it we have become a more selfish society in so many ways?
With all the rain these past few months, River Road and Big Willow roads have been temporarily closed. For decades, people needing to get to Etowah or Brevard have been able to go through the Willow Lake development to avoid the flooding. It is impossible to speed through because of the reasonably placed speed bumps.
Now the residents of Willow Lake have blocked access, causing drivers to go far out of their way to get to Highway 64. Surely the slow speed and infrequent use does not damage the few roadways in Willow Lake. What happened to “neighbors helping neighbors”?
Bob Johnson, Hendersonville