Descendants should be able to drive t...

Descendants should be able to drive to ancestors' graves

There are 9 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from May 11, 2007, titled Descendants should be able to drive to ancestors' graves. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

The U.S. government should build the road that it promised to build on the north side of Fontana Lake.

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Mac

United States

#1 May 12, 2007
"I am sure that the people who have relatives buried there would much rather see the road built than to see Swain County receive the money for schools, as Rep. Heath Shuler wants to do."

Yep, it's definitely more important to spend the money on dead people instead of spending it on young people.

Traditional burial should be illegal. It's a waste of space.

“BEAT A PAIR OF JACK'S & A FOX ”

Since: Feb 07

ASHEVILLE

#2 May 12, 2007
HEY MAC, YOU ARE COLD!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 07

Asheville, NC

#3 May 12, 2007
The money for the road was appropriated and then diverted to other government programs.

Now, the writer's neighbors have accepted a direct buy-out in exchange for the road. This is settled.
Steve Sneed

United States

#4 May 12, 2007
The National Park Service does more than its fair share to accomodate the people who want to visit the graves. The politicians from that era are long gone who made the decisions not to build the road. The money is best spent to save the tax payers of Swain Co. money that would be spent out of their pockets, not to mention the environmental impact. Put it to rest!
eaglecreek

Princeton Junction, NJ

#5 May 12, 2007
Mac wrote:
"I am sure that the people who have relatives buried there would much rather see the road built than to see Swain County receive the money for schools, as Rep. Heath Shuler wants to do."
Yep, it's definitely more important to spend the money on dead people instead of spending it on young people.
Traditional burial should be illegal. It's a waste of space.
You as others are either denying or unaware of the DEIS which clearly estimates the economomic impact on the county, and therefore its schools and children
is a ten to one ratio on the side of the road. This is not just a cemetery issue, the Agreement is for a replacement road into the area. The park service saw this road as part of an around the park road to allow more access to the Park to help boost the tourism in NC side of the Park.
The way you want to be done away with when you die is up to you just like it is to everyone else.

“No More Settlement”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#6 May 12, 2007
The school system must be fairly well off, just a few months ago it paid several million for a few acres of land and the public was shut out of this huge outlay, no public input other than the Commissioners who once more rubber stamped a deal for the Superintendent and his political puppeters, the result was at least two more millionaires in Swain. No doubt the System is counting on the settlement on the road issue and more taxation to pay out this debt. The schools may actually need the land, but what an overpriced parcel it is!!
BrysonCityNative

AOL

#7 May 14, 2007
timpeck, steve sneed, Mac,

Seems it would help you to read the DEIS and see what the issue is about and how the Road will help living people, especially those in Swain Co. where gov't owns more than 86% of the land.

Maybe you should research and see that the current road up through the tunnel was built in the 70's. People are still around.

It is despicable to see people posting who so obviously don't even know the issue or the history and culture of the area.

Have some respect for our culture, heritage, even though we in Swain County made a big mistake trusting the federal government, even though the 1943 Agreement is a legally binding contract.

Perhaps since your home/mortage is a legally binding contract you should surrender your land for the public good and not get anything for it. Perhaps for the public good of Swain County natives (not just the greedy politicians alive today), you can educate yourself on the issue, our heritage, and the DEIS.

Too bad you don't seem to respect other customs/cultures/heriage and legally binding contracts.

The park service more than providing adequate transportation is a joke! Maybe you should come talk to some of the North Shore Road Association groups and hear their experiences on it. The park service does all they can to keep people from visiting the cemeteries. Obviously you haven't tried to go to one of the Decorations. It's no simple "walk in the woods" as you try to make it sound.
Steve Sneed

United States

#8 May 15, 2007
Other than visiting the cemeteries, the only ones who want to see the road built seems to be the developers, real estate agents, and of course certain politicians in the county who would financially benefit.

“No More Settlement”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#9 May 17, 2007
Steve Sneed wrote:
Other than visiting the cemeteries, the only ones who want to see the road built seems to be the developers, real estate agents, and of course certain politicians in the county who would financially benefit.
Actually no real estate cos in the area came out for the road, and its a great puzzle to many as to why all businesses on the area would not openly favor the road which is predicted by the DEIS to outstrip the economic advantages of the settlement by 10 to 1.
Which politicians are you referring to, the commissioners, all but one, favor a settlement in cash and if they get it you can bet it will be gone .
There are many areas of the southern portion of the park that would be more accessable to many more Americans with the road, the park service would also gain from the road as it could be used for their purposes too. The entire Swain/Graham county region needs the economic boost the road would bring during construction as well as the tourism spin off. The pressure on 441 could be relieved with an alternative touring road in the southern tip of the park while leaving hundreds of thousands of acres for the wilderness experiences

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