IT’S BEEN A TOUGH SUMMER
A WHKP Station Editorial
August 9, 2013
Probably nothing is more instructive of how our local population has changed in recent years, or of what a tough and uncomfortable summer it’s been, than some recent complaints from a handful of local residents, some so-called protests outside the courthouse and city hall, and so-called “news” that now gets “front-page” coverage in the local print media. Here are some examples:
Instead of being thankful for a bumper crop of apples this year, and all it means to our local economy…a handful of residents have complained to county leaders about the noise it takes for apple farmers to keep birds from pecking the crop away. Once upon a time, we were creating festivals…and giving thanks…for a good crop and for farmers with the good sense to do whatever it took to produce a good crop. We wonder where these protestors were when dozens of other local farmers were losing millions of dollars in crops this year because of heavy rain and flooding? Those complainers reminded us, by the way, of some a few years ago who thought it was neat to buy homes near the airport…but then complained about the noise the airplanes made.
Instead of relaxing and enjoying the summer’s free “Music On Main Street” and being grateful for some major improvements at the Visitor’s Center, a handful of folks this year chose to complain about the new stage…and a minor broo-ha-ha developed that some called “sitters versus dancers”. Wonder why they couldn’t move around a little and adjust to the changes, rather than make such a fuss?
Instead of showing gratitude for those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, a handful of demonstrators shows up from time to time calling themselves the “Department Of Peace” and turning a few heads outside the Historic Courthouse or the City Hall. We wonder what this handful thinks KEEPS our nation free…so they can carry their signs and feel so morally superior marching outside our public buildings?
Instead of supporting a state legislature that did it’s best to keep North Carolina from becoming as billions of dollars and hopelessly “in debt” as Illinois and as bankrupt as Detroit, we have other protestors claiming to take the “moral” high ground and busing people to protest all across the state on so-called “Moral Mondays” …because their favorite project, or job, or union has been held in check. We wonder who’s financing all that? And we wonder how their favorite cause would be paid for IF our state legislators allowed the state to go broke from endless over-spending?
Instead of quietly enjoying our superb residential neighborhoods and celebrating the free exersize of private property rights, we have another handful in our community now that wants to tell property owners they can rent their property ONLY under certain conditions and for certain lengths of time. We wonder how those complainers would feel if someone in the neighborhood started imposing new and unwritten restrictions on what THEY could do with THEIR property?
Instead of being thankful for laws that insure that every vote counts and that elections in our state are protected as best we can against voter fraud and abuse with a required photo ID, other protestors are choosing to out-right lie to the public and claim that voter rights are being denied. They too are getting “front page” coverage. Wonder why they didn’t claim the right to DRIVE was denied when the state required a photo on DRIVER’S LICENSES? Or jhow they’d feel is voter fraud was being used to defeat THEIR favorite candidate?
And innstead of respecting our laws and supporting public safety, another handful protests has shown up in front of the old courthouse…and gets media attention…wanting to legalize certain illegal narcotics. Wonder how they’d feel is someone close to them was killed in a car wreck, caused by someone driving while impaired by marijuana or other drugs?
Maybe it’s been too hot or too rainy this summer, maybe it’s Dog Days, or maybe we’re getting too close to Asheville. Whatever it’s been…it’s been a tough summer…with a few TOO MANY so-called protesters and complainers, more like WHINERS. And NOT ENOUGH old-fashioned citizen support, citizen participation, and genuine THANKSGIVING for what a long-ago Hendersonville mayor called, in a prayer he prayed before every city event, “...this wonderful community of ours that God has so richly blessed.”
As always, we invite your comments…on our comments.
By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman