Rep. Cawthorn’s hypocrisy and misinformation
To the editor:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn’s latest newsletter is a case study in hypocrisy and misinformation. While extolling the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, his recent actions were to overthrow the results of a free election. His comments on the so-called Critical Race Theory are nonsense.
The reality is that Cawthorn spoke to the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to overturn a fair and free election. He continues to promote Trump’s “Big Lie” that the results of the 2020 election were fraudulent. Along with other Republican extremists, Cawthorn is actively seeking to destroy the very foundation of our country via the right to vote and majority rule.
The other reality is that Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a course taught in law schools on the issue of how race influenced the passing and implementation of laws. It has nothing to do with what is taught in grades 1–12 in public schools. Whether students are taught the realities involving slavery or the varnished feelgood version many of us were taught has nothing to do with CRT.
CRT has simply become the latest “dog whistle” to distract us from the attempts of Republicans to subvert democracy. CRT is not a rejection of the Martin Luther King, Jr. dream that people are judged by their character rather than the color of their skin. Instead it is considering how race has influenced the law.
Finally, Cawthorn and Republicans started “backing the blue” in words only in response to the protests following the killing of unarmed African-Americans. It certainly wasn’t “backing the blue” when the Trumplican seditionists stormed the Capitol injuring over 150 law enforcement officers who were protecting the Congress. It was more like “bloody the blue,” which is why Republican leaders don’t want an investigation.
Democrats believe in every eligible voter’s right to vote in honest elections where legislatures do not have the ability to overturn the will of the people. Democrats also believe in fair and equal treatment for all under the law. Cawthorn’s actions and the actions of a number of Republicans are not consistent with those principles.
Good news about the book sale
To the editor:
I was delighted to learn of the Friends of the Library Book Sale that will return in August of this year. For many bibliophiles, the book sale was a long-awaited event where books could be purchased for next year’s pleasurable reading and research. Many individuals would plan vacation times to coincide with the sale.
I hope the Friends of the Library Book Sale is able to resume its yearly scheduled event. For that event not only provided books for county readers but also recycled good books into the hands of new readers and provided thousands of dollars to support library efforts and programs. The sale served as a significant fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, which in turn benefited all library patrons in Haywood County.
A frustrating situation
To the editor:
I received my second COVID vaccination by the first week in March. As I drove through the Haywood Fairgrounds, I was very optimistic that the world was becoming more healthy again so the pandemic would soon be behind us. My husband and I made plans to travel. Lake Junaluska took down the “one way only” signs to walk around the lake.
Then misinformation, lies and stupidity struck Haywood County and the U.S. It is shameful that adults refuse a vaccine thereby putting small children at risk of a dangerous disease. There is no constitutional right to imperil the public health by refusing a vaccine such as polio, small pox or measles or Covid-19.
As a retired teacher, I am deeply ashamed that any teacher would put her/his students at risk by refusing a vaccine. When I first started teaching in Eastern N.C., all teachers were required to be tested for tuberculous. If the test was positive, that teacher did not start school. No one was allowed to risk the health of the students. What has changed in the U.S.?
Beth G. Johnson
Help is available for dementia
To the editor:
Haywood Dementia Response Efforts (aka, HayDRE) offers financial assistance to individuals and families from Haywood County that are making the journey through life having to face the challenges caused by dementia. Many individuals and families are dealing with the financial demands caused by the loss of cognitive functions that result from the progressive nature of dementia.
HayDRE was created to help ease some of the financial pressures. Financial assistance through HayDRE is not a loan (with repayment expectations); rather, grants are made on an individual basis and based on the individual needs of those seeking assistance.
Larry Reeves, HayDRE