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Letters, Dec. 30

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Challenging the days of COVID-19 darkness

To the editor:

This year has been different, we all can agree

And now it is Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa on the calendar, all three.

Many are nestled, all snug safe and sound

Others can only feel their tears fall to the ground.

Losing jobs, homes, and family for them we can see

There are no lights, no candles, and no Christmas tree.

As struggles mount up and worries abound

All we need is to mask, respect distance, and show care all around.

The cure is within us, the vaccine on the way

Don’t make the innocent and weakest pay for those who want their way.

With hope in our hearts and leaving politics aside

May all in the world give light where darkness now stomps with pride.

Let us all fight the good fight and do what we know is the right thing to do

Let’s no longer be hostages to darkness and let love shine through.

Donna Culp

Waynesville

Thoughts on diversity and stupidity

To the editor:

National Public Radio (NPR) has released its latest “silver linings playlist.” The list of, ahem, songs includes “Wet A_s P_ ssy.” That magnificent work of art is howled and snarled aloud by an African/Caucasian “artist” who calls herself Cardi B. I am lucky enough never to have heard of that person, whose name sounds like a discount drugstore vitamin.

NPR, you must surely be aware, is that tiny-audience, boondoggle radio station funded by your tax dollars. The radio network is mostly unknown to the vast majority of Americans. Those who listen only do so to have their America-hating political beliefs reinforced by the monotone, droning voices of the white guilt afflicted shills and flunkies who talk into the microphones. NPR is also the primary outlet for non-news. If you don’t want to know what is going on in America, tune in to NPR.

But let’s get back to the vitamin singer. Although she is horribly oppressed by the trendy, much-talked-about, so-called “systemic racism” in America, she is happy to pocket the tainted, white supremacist dollars that leach into her bank account. Some people would believe her greed to be an example of irony, when in fact it is just another flagrant take on cynicism.

Meanwhile, at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the African/African “diversity chief” there tells white people the world over that “you will never be discriminated against because of your race . . .”

For the record, in its ridiculous efforts to achieve “diversity,” the BBC often advertises “training opportunities and internships,” but only for people who do not have white skin. Now, that IS an example of irony. And the fact that the BBC’s “diversity chief” does not recognize the irony is an example of ignorance.

Elsewhere in the news there apparently is a growing sentiment among the oppressed (non-white) people of the world, that saying merry Christmas is just another sneaky way for white people to declare their superiority. That is an example of stupidity.

Scott Muirhead

Waynesville

Leaving tree up until vaccination

To the editor:

Before Christmas as I sat looking at our Christmas tree, I realized that it was making me feel a sense of joy and peace which has been absent for the previous nine months.

We have all been overloaded with so many emotions in regard to the ever-increasing COVID-19 infections and deaths among all people across the world. In addition, this year’s elections have been stressful and uncertain.

But, as I look at the tree and remember both good times as well as bad, I’m reminded of the many gifts we have been given. So, I have decided that this year, instead of taking my tree down on New Year’s Day as I have always done, I’m leaving our Christmas tree up until vaccinations have been given to the majority and COVID-19 infections and related deaths start decreasing at a rapid rate. The tree may remain up for a while, but it will remind me there is hope.

As this year draws to a close, take a moment, sit peacefully by your Christmas trees or other holiday symbols that are important to you and remember that tomorrow will be better.

Blessings,

Marleen Marshall

Clyde

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