Letters to the Editor

10/17 Your letters: William V. Pate Sr., and Jean Hyland

Honoring Manteo

Little is known of the American Native Manteo, who has never in our history been given the honored place he so richly deserves.

The first arrival of the English upon the shores of our great nation was July 4, 1584. The ships came to anchor at the northern tip of Hatteras Island. Two days later a lone native was spied on shore walking back and forth and making the motion of inviting the English to come on land. Upon landing they were greeted in a friendly manner.

This native went aboard the ships where he tasted of the wine and ate food. He was given a hat, a shirt and some other things. In a few days many natives, including women and children visited the ships.

These events were the beginning of what some have spoken of as “English America.” In their report was written “We were entertained with all love and kindness and with as much bounty as they could possibly devise. We found the people most gentle, loving and faithful, devoid of all guile and treason.” After about three weeks the ships departed for England. Aboard the ships were two natives, Manteo and Wauchese. One year was spent in England where these two observed the sights and sounds of a modern nation. Surely, they were astounded.

Manteo became a devoted friend and assisted the English in many, many ways. When the colony of about 125 men who arrived in 1585 returned to England in 1586, Manteo was aboard and returned home with the colony of 117 men, women, and children in the year 1587. This colony has become known as “The Lost Colony.”

In a few days after arriving home in 1587, “The thirteenth of August, our savage Manteo by commandment of Sir Walter Raleigh, was christened in Roanoke and called Lord thereof in reward of his faithful service.”

The 18th Eleanor, daughter of the governor, John White, Jr. and wife of Ananias Dare, one of the assistants, was delivered of a daughter in Roanoke, and the same was christened there on Sunday morning following, and because she was the first Christian born in Virginia, she was named Virginia.”

I have spent many years trying to learn if the colonists of the Lost Colony survived or perished. I have concluded that the colonists did indeed survive. More than any other the assistance provided by Manteo allowed the survival. Although Manteo has a town and a monument erected in his honor, additional honors should be bestowed.

William V. Pate Sr.

Hope Mills

Innocent taxpayer

Regarding the story, “The state goofed on her disability checks. Now this 74-year-old amputee owes North Carolina $19,000” (Sept. 17)

My good friend Carla Shuford was recently notified that her disability check, unbeknownst to her, had been overpaying her for 11 years and that she is responsible for fully repaying the state of North Carolina a large sum of money. Too often our federal and state governments hold no employee accountable for his/her own errors but stick it to the innocent taxpayer. Why should Carla and the 60 other people on disability have to repay the government when the error was the government’s in the first place? Most, if not all of these disabled folks, are on fixed incomes so even repaying on a payment schedule is next to impossible.

I hope that this injustice can be reversed and that the appropriate party will be held accountable.

Jean Hyland

Bryn Mawr, Pa.