Great job

To the editor:

Got called the other day and got my first (Pfizer) vaccination, at last. Kudos to all the individuals at the fairgrounds. Got there at 2:30 p.m. and left at 3:20. Very efficient and professional.

Alan L. Sheinfeld

Waynesville

Great experience

To the editor:

Last Thursday my wife and I received our first COVID-19 vaccination at the fairgrounds. This was a most interesting experience.

I had sign us up in January, and we received a call the day before with our date and time. Upon arrival, the Sheriff’s Office had deputies routing you to the side of the road and into the fairgrounds driveway.

There must have been 50 volunteers guiding the cars, registering the people, handing out forms, etc.

Along the snaking roadway, we got stickers for first or second vaccination or pre-existing issues. After filtering through to the second building, we got our injections and by the time we got to the end of the roadway, we had waited our 15 minutes.

This entire process was extremely well organized. The volunteers were all very kind and answered any questions we had.

Applause to all of you.

Thomas Hale

Waynesville

Really, Mitch?

To the editor:

I was dumbfounded by Mitch McConnell’s speech following the conclusion of Trump’s trial.

It appeared that some prankster had stolen McConnell’s original speech and replaced it with a condensed version of the House Managers’ closing argument condemning Trump. It was a brilliant summary of all the reasons Trump was clearly guilty.

But he had just voted to acquit Trump, again. How? He was firmly convinced, he said, that despite the Senate’s voting that they had jurisdiction over an ex-president, they didn’t.

Also, house managers, he said, had chosen to submit their impeachment documents too late.

In fact, they had met the deadline for submitting their case, but McConnell had refused to accept it. He also refused to reconvene the Senate until just before the inauguration, allowing no time for trial.

Let me get this straight, Mitch. He was guilty of everything claimed by the House, but you let him off because he was no longer in office, and he was no longer in office because you refused to allow a trial while he was still in office!

You implied that the case for incitement to riot was adequately made for impeachment, but perhaps might not be “bullet-proof” enough for a criminal indictment.

Then you suggested that Trump was not in the clear because he could be criminally indicted now that he is out of office. You all but requested Biden’s Justice Department to indict him.

To recap: You voted not guilty to placate Trump’s base. Then you turn around and say, “No, he’s guilty,” to get back support from those disgusted megadonors who have recently bolted.

Finally, you’ve put the onus for justice squarely on Biden, so Republicans can cry foul, partisanship if he proceeds with indictment.

Cynically played, you old fox. No wonder people hate politicians.

Ev Baucom

Cruso

Vote threatened nation’s democracy

To the editor:

As I watched the events unfold on Jan. 6, with tears in my eyes I stated to my wife, “This is not the America I grew up in, nor is this the America I want our grandchildren to grow up in.”

I asked myself how could so many American citizens do this to their own government. I then remembered from my high school history class 50 years ago while studying WWII history, and how my history teacher presented the mindset of the Germany people and what led them to do the atrocities of WWII.

She spoke of Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. And quotes associated to Joseph Gobbles “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”

“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

As I watched Mitch McConnell speak about how he felt about the actions of former President Donald Trump and his unconscionable actions, for the life of me I cannot understand logically how Mitch McConnell could vote not guilty when he knew these unconscionable actions were done by former President Donald J. Trump.

Mitch McConnell own speech after the impeachments trial shows he knew the unforgivable actions.

Shame on you, Mitch McConnell for hiding behind the Constitution of the United States to justify your decision to not convict former President Trump and divert it to the Justice Department to pursue president Trump as a private citizen.

To the Senators, including Mitch McConnell, who voted to not convict former Present Donald J. Trump, I remind you what Joseph Goebbels stated in World War II. “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

Lies about the constitutionality of the impeachment trial again appears to be another lie. Two lies do not make something true. Our country and our democracy now have been threatened by your actions not to convict.

James Sprock

Waynesville

Impeachment process fascinating, sad

To the editor:

I watched every day of ex-President Trump’s impeachment trial. I have learned a lot.

Rules for the Senate are created by the Senate. Therefore, there was no question of jurisdiction because a majority of the Senate voted that a “Party” (Article I, Section 3) could be an ex-President and so tried.

Representative McCarthy tried to have Trump send in more police at about 2:25 p.m. the day of the insurrection.

I learned more of the heroic actions of Officer Goodman. I watched the security video of Senator Romney and Vice President Pence run for their lives.

I learned that Trump wrote only “I love Texas” while re-Tweetting a video of Trump supporters trying to run a Biden bus off the road.

I learned the background of the case Bond v. Ward and heard many facts about the right of free speech that had nothing to do with ex-President Trump. I saw that Trump’s legal team never admitted he lost the election.

It has been a fascinating and sad week. I am glad that our Senator Burr had the wisdom and courage to vote “guilty”. Now that Trump has been acquitted, I pray that we as a nation will put him and his lies behind us so we are able to grow into a better nation.

Ms. Beth G. Johnson

Maggie Valley

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