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Thanks for support

To the editor:

On behalf of the Lawsonville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, we would like to thank everyone that took part in our Poor Man supper held on November 3. We had a wonderful turn out and it was a great time of fellowship. Our Poor Man supper would not have been possible without the help from our community who provided covered dishes.

Two special quilts that were donated and all proceeds of this raffle will go toward the Capital Improvement Fund to make necessary repairs to our community building.

One quilt top was donated by Doris Mabe and the Seniors quilted it. We auctioned it off for $400 to Mike Fulp and then we had one that Barbara Neal quilted and donated that we raffled off for $750. Shannon Shaver was the lucky winner of this quilt. We would like to thank everyone that sold or either purchased tickets, it was greatly appreciated.


Melissa Neal

President of LVFDLA

No excuse for animal abuse

Most people will never get a glimpse inside a factory farm, but thankfully Mercy For Animals peeled back the curtain this week and showed us what really happens to turkeys raised for our Thanksgiving dinners. Butterball workers were caught on camera throwing and kicking birds and some of the birds even had open wounds — birds that will end up on someone’s plate this Thanksgiving. There’s no excuse for animal abuse, and Butterball needs to immediately take action to hold animal abusers accountable, as well as change company policy to prevent animal cruelty. You’d think they would’ve gotten their act together by now, as a similar investigation was released last year, but apparently not much has changed. After seeing what really goes in Butterball factory farms, there’s no way I’m eating turkey this Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to eat a diseased bird that’s been abused. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes to make this Thanksgiving and many meat substitutes on the market that taste even better than turkey. I hope you’ll join me in giving the turkeys a holiday this week. the only way this type of abuse can be stopped is by they way your spend your money! Buy your turkey local if its something you feel you have to have. When you buy your meat local not only are you supporting your local economy your telling factory farmers you don’t want this type of product for your family or for the animals. We have a moral responsibility to treat the animals we raise for food with dignity and respect. Its the right thing to do for us and for them.

Mona Triplett

Animal Cruelty Investigator for Stokes

Director, Stokes Humane Society

Taxes and the fiscal cliff

Letter to Editor:

Fiscal cliff? Fiscal cliff! Fiscal cliff. Has anyone heard one of the 545 supposedly smart people that control this country ask, what got us on this fiscal cliff? We have, accounts receivable tax, building permit tax, CDL tax, cigarette tax, corporate income tax, dog license tax, excise tax, federal income tax, federal unemployment tax, fishing license tax, food license tax, fuel permit tax, gasoline tax (highest in nation in NC), gross receipts tax, hunting license tax, inheritance tax, inventory tax, IRS interest charges IRS penalties (tax on top of a tax), liquor tax, luxury tax, marriage license tax, Medicare tax, personal property tax, property tax, real estate tax, service charge tax, social security tax, road usage tax, recreational vehicle tax, sales tax, school tax, state income tax, state unemployment tax, telephone federal excise tax, telephone federal universal service fee tax, telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes, telephone minimum usage surcharge tax, telephone recurring and nonrecurring charges tax, telephone state and local tax, telephone usage charge tax, utility taxes, vehicle license registration tax, vehicle sales tax, watercraft registration tax, well permit tax, workers compensation tax.

We have corporate welfare and too big to fail thinking.

Not one of these taxes or beliefs existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, the largest middle class in the world and mom stayed home to raise the kids. What in the heck happened?

Can you spell “politicians”?

Lonnie P. Bowman

Walnut Cove, N.C.

North Carolina’s Christian heritage

In 1776 North Carolinian’s wrote their first Constitution, as a free independent sovereign State. The 1776 North Carolina Constitution states in article 32: “That no person who should deny the being of God, or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority of either the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office, or place of trust or profit, in the civil department within this State.” That’s clear that it was Christians who founded North Carolina as a State.

When it came time for the ratification of the Federal Constitution in which the States expressly delegated powers to the Federal Government to take care of matters outside the State, North Carolina turned it down three times. One of the reasons was: there were no Christian requirements to hold Federal office. The counter argument was: To be elected to a Federal office one had to come through the State, and North Carolina had their Christian requirements (Original Intentions — Bradford).

Why was North Carolina so determined to only allow Christians to hold office in their State? They knew, law makers needed to know Right from Wrong, or Good from Evil; and to differentiate between the two there must be a moral law that our Creator gave, or else there is no evil; but we know evil exists. Without God’s moral law, evil can become law.

In this century there has been: cannibalism, millions slaughtered from infighting, terrorism’s cruelty, and officials calling for genocide.

The atheists, and false religions do not have a moral law that supports the value of life. Reason has failed for centuries, since there is no foundation. Time plus matter plus chance equals no worth; which is certainty not North Carolina’s heritage.

Do we not have an obligation to be truthful about North Carolina’s Christian heritage? Should we not fly the Christian flag in memory of the Christians who founded North Carolina? Regardless of whom we are today, we should remember that Christianity is not a religion of force, but of compassion, forgiveness, morals, and a loving Savior for eternity!

North Carolina needs to support flying the Christian flag with a plaque below stating the 1776 North Carolina Constitution’s article 32, so that our youth may be reminded that Christians founded this great State, and found their understanding of: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny in the Bible, which they can find too. It’s their heritage; besides our freedom and republic rest in virtue.

We should not let lie govern our State from a private letter’s phrase “separation of Church and State,” which loosely characterizes the First Amendment’s prohibition against the Federal Government. It’s injustice.

E.A. Timm

Walnut Cove, N.C.

To hunters who abandoned deer

Dear Editor,

To the hunters/poachers who shot, recently, what looks like a young does, skinned it, and then dumped the carcass on the side of the road, half way down Sauratown Mountain, I bet you see yourselves as cool guys, great examples for the younger generation of hunters to follow; indeed, the bravery and high principles you displayed that day is truly inspirational. Needless to say, your parents, your pastor, and your elementary teachers must also be extremely proud of you.


Michel Bourquin

Westfield, N.C.

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