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Consider this historic note on pardons

To the editor:

In 1974, Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he committed, may have committed, or may have taken part in during the period from Jan. 20, 1969, through Aug. 9, 1974.

A vast majority of the citizens were greatly disturbed by President Ford’s action. They contended that Nixon must be indicted, tried, and convicted before being exonerated.

Today the question still arises: How can you be pardoned if you haven’t been convicted?

The Supreme Court has never ruled on the legality of these so-called fixed-period pardons. Later presidents must have been under the assumption that the reprieve by President Ford set a precedent.

The Honorable Sen. Sam J. Ervin of North Carolina was picked by the senate to chair a select committee to investigate the Watergate affair.

Sen. Ervin was adamantly opposed to the Nixon pardon unless charges were carried out through court proceedings.

It appears the easiest and quickest way to receive amnesty or commutation is to be a crooked crony of the president. The leniency President Trump bestowed on Joe Arpaio, Roger Stone, and Michael Flynn are excellent examples.

Before an everyday American can apply for a pardon they must receive a criminal conviction in U.S. District Court.

If sentenced to probation there is a five-year waiting period, beginning when sentenced, until an application for a pardon can be submitted. The waiting period for those confined is also five years beginning on the day of their release.

After the pardon application is returned to the U.S. Department of Justice, it may be two years before it is adjudicated.

If the pardon request is refused there’s a two-year waiting period before it can be resubmitted for consideration.

Charles Miller


Thanks Folkmoot folks

To the editor,

Arts organizations have had an extraordinarily challenging time during the pandemic, and it’s been no different for Folkmoot.

As the Folkmoot’s Executive Director from 2015 until last August, I want to express my gratitude to the community and our staff as we collectively transformed North Carolina’s International Folk Festival from a single, annual summer festival into a year-round arts and cultural organization.

The Folkmoot family has had regrettably few chances to work together since early in 2020, so I write this letter in part to retrospectively thank staff, volunteers and donors for all of their efforts.

Over the last several years, Folkmoot built new arts and cultural programs, rehabilitated the Hazelwood School, developed building rentals in that space, launched Camp Folkmoot, Mootenanny, Folkmalt, and the Cherokee World Games and reinvigorated the core summer international festival with participatory programs.

It was a tall order, but with a small, but devoted and mighty staff, volunteers, and lots of loyal donors, we accomplished so much for the community! I have no doubt that if it weren’t for the pandemic, Folkmoot’s growth would have continued at a great pace. Thank you.

I’m also grateful for the staffers and volunteers who have helped along the way, always accepting big tasks and grand ideas, with the intent of making our community culturally vibrant and a more accepting place for all people.

If you know any former Folkmoot workers, you can rest assured that they are organized, creative and resourceful. Many of them have gone on to other things during the pandemic and I know that whatever they do, they will make their new affiliations stronger because of what they learned and achieved at Folkmoot.

Thanks again to the community for your meaningful support and for sharing with me how important Folkmoot has been to you. My experience as executive director has transformed my life and the life of my family as well.

Now, please join me in welcoming Folkmoot’s new executive director, Glenn Fields, to the helm. He has considerable professional experience in cultural programs and festivals and will bring a new energy and excitement to the work. If you’d like to reach out to him, please send him an email: Glenn will appreciate hearing from you.

Happy new year and stay healthy.

Angeline Schwab


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