Where is the proof?

To the editor:

In regard to the article, “Democrats call for Rep. Cawthorn’s expulsion,” my question is, where is the charge?

Surely the removal of a legally elected congressman requires some type of crime, but nowhere in the very lengthly article is one delineated. Sure, the author, Kyle Perrotti, mentions a petition from a left-wing website that refers to “seditious behavior,” but nowhere is such behavior detailed or described.

Are “misinformation, conspiracy theories and lies,” even if supportable, now crimes, only since a Democrat majority government in place? Additionally, the referenced letter from “regional Democrats,” who are only unelected party operatives, fails to specify any criminal behavior by Cawthorn.

I have read nothing, from any source, to suggest that he ever promoted violence. Is it a crime to encourage peaceful protest, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment, or to call his colleagues “cowards” when they refused to join him in an effort to investigate an election with many obvious questions and irregularities surrounding it?

The answer is an unqualified no. Ironically, the letter actually affirms his appeal to the protestors that he would fight for them by saying, “The battle is on the House floor, not in the streets of D.C.,” inferring an appeal against violence by the demonstrators. Notably absent from the very long article are the actual statements made by Cawthorn that the letter writers believe to be violent.

Like much of the news available for the public today, “The Mountaineer” and Perrotti fail to give all the information in order for the readers to reach a fact-based conclusion, instead they obviously attempted to advance an anti-conservative agenda, by selectively omitting critical information in an attempt to attack Madison Cawthorn.

A front-page article should contain all the available facts your readers need so that we can make our own judgments. Accordingly, this article should have been on the Opinion page.

Jeff Mills


Use words carefully

To the editor:

I was appalled by the behavior our newly elected congressman, Madison Cawthorn, exhibited on Jan. 6.

He was not elected to call long-serving Senators names, to encourage people to storm the Capitol or to harm and kill federal police officers. He was not elected to support a President in his illegal attempts to overturn the election results.

I realize Congressman Cawthorn is young, naive and apparently unaware the effect his words can have. He needs to learn how to properly behave as a congressman, perhaps by watching and mentoring with his colleagues.

I would give this advice to Congressman Cawthorn: “Speak only when you are sure that your words are more important than your silence.” So far I’ve seen no evidence of this.

Dr. Jan Lemasters

Lake Junaluska

Why give terrorists a voice?

To the editor:

So you people put a article in the paper by a rioter who went to the capital and try to destroy our democracy and let her accuse BLM people for what she was doing.

And you let Cawthron act like he is not a terrorist himself. So are you people standing with these people trying to destroy our democracy?

You should never get to sell another paper if that’s all you have to say about these domestic terrorist.

Sheila Mathis

Move over, Stephen King

To the editor:

You all know Stephen King, writer of horror stories. His fiction pales beside the terrifyingly true report printed in The Mountaineer’s Jan. 10 edition.

I assume Mrs. Rogles is a perfectly nice person. But she exemplifies the damage Donald Trump has done to millions of Americans.

Standing amidst thousands of raging Trump supporters clearly breaking the law she saw patriots, with antifa leftists doing the damage. She was there to encourage “brave members of Congress” who endlessly repeated Trump’s lie that the election had been stolen.

They knew better. Because of them, she didn’t. She also believed that pressure from a mob could cause Congress to overturn the election. No. Only a coup could do that.

Participating in an “act of intimidation or violence against a lawful authority with the goal of overthrowing it [a coup],” is the very definition of sedition. Is that what she wanted?

Don’t blame Mrs. Rogles. She mostly gets political information from trusted preachers. Religious leaders have enormous influence. They should take extreme care that political information they preach is correct. Earthly messengers of God should not spread political lies.

Trump was entitled to challenge election results, but not lie. In courts, many with Republican judges, Trump was 0 for 80+ in proving voter fraud. The Supreme Court (6-3 Republican majority, three Trump appointees) unanimously dismissed his false claims out of hand.

Two recounts in Georgia, including a hand recount showing 99.99% accuracy versus the machine count, proved that Trump had lied. All 50 state legislatures, many under Republican control, certified that Biden had won.

Trump’s last card was to foment insurrection. He carefully put that card up his sleeve months ago by crying “fraud;” he played it on Jan.y 6.

By Jan. 10, Mrs. Rogles still strongly supported Trump. Nothing I could say would dissuade her.

However, now, House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has admonished Trump for spreading the antifa lie. Liz Cheney has voted to impeach him. Mitch McConnell welcomes impeachment. Many Republicans cry, “Don’t impeachment, heal.”

How about healing by telling your followers the truth?

Everett Baucom


Cartoon in poor taste

To the editor:

Your political cartoon of the January 13th issue was very disappointing to me.You portrayed a man complaining that he had been blocked from Facebook and Twitter. Which probably refers to President Trump’s recent ban from both mediums.

The second cartoon box still shows him as a man and says that he will revert to his traditional form of communication. The third box shows him as a cartoonish monkey ranting and squeezing feces and throwing it about. Very, very bad taste.

As a newspaper who I am sure supports the first amendment (freedom of speech) I would think you would be concerned with any banning or intimidation of personal expression. Remember that women’s suffrage and civil rights were also mere differences of opinion expressed in print and now are accepted norms.

Instead of making a mockery of one political viewpoint silenced by social media, you should be outraged and defending freedom of speech even though it does not coincide with the newspaper editorial department. I am afraid you have reached a new low.

Stan Briggs


Troubling times

To the editor:

“Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear. Freedoms we all hold dear, now are at stake. Humbling our hearts to God, free from the chastening rod; seek the way pilgrims trod — Christians awake.”

Since 1972, these words have been in the back of my mind almost continually. Now, I am seeing them come to fullness. They are the opening words to a gospel song made famous among Christians, of which I am one.

As a member of the old Christo Quartet, this song was recorded on record and tape, and probably remains in many homes around Kentucky, but the message is more pertinent in 2021 than ever.

The church and the world are on the cusp of some treacherous times as liberals battle for preeminence, and conservatives for survival on the world stage.

The words of the song continue: “Jesus is Coming Soon; morning or night or noon. Many will meet their doom; trumpets will sound. All of the dead [in Christ] shall rise, righteous meet in the skies; going where no one dies, heavenward bound.”

All of the kingdoms, work and worry since time began will come to an end because humanity is self-destructive. The underlying problem is sin. By any other name, it is the same. I share these words because any observer of the national or international scene will acknowledge that eventually, someone ... some self-deluded person, will push the wrong button.

So, where does that leave us? It leaves us with one hope: Jesus, the Christ, just like the song says.

Forty-nine years (7X7) have come and gone since we recorded this song, and the world is becoming exponentially more dangerous than ever. Even the “shining city on a hill” is disappearing as we sequester ourselves in fear of ... what? So many have chased after the allure of the world’s riches and temporary gain of one sort or another, that I tremble for those left behind in the coming conflagration.

David A Williams


Gerrymandering brought us Cawthorn

To the editor:

Cawthorn obviously was not qualified for the Senate based on his background vice Davis’s.

However the voters in Haywood County are primarily Republicans. If one were to look at election results almost every one selected by Haywood County voters were Republicans.

Most of the Republican voters were uninformed and were unaware the candidates backgrounds. Nor did they care because they went into the polling booth voting straight Republican.

So in my opinion, until gerrymandering is redone in Haywood County, regardless of what Cawthorn does, no Democrat running against him would never win.

Ron Rookstool

Maggie Valley

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