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Letters, Nov. 11

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Fast learner

To the editor:

Madison Cawthorn is only 25 and has been in politics only a few months, but he is a very quick learner. He apparently has adopted Trump’s “Big Lie” strategy. You know, “Tell lies big enough and often enough and people will believe them.”

You may know that he openly accepted thanks for his combat wounds. In fact, he was injured in a car crash that gained him millions of dollars.

When he won the Republican nomination Cawthorn claimed that Michael Ferris, former president of the school he attended (Patrick Henry College), had endorsed him. That was a lie. It’s no wonder Ferris didn’t endorse him. Nearly 200 former classmates signed a letter that claims that Cawthorn’s “time at PHC was marked by gross misconduct toward our female peers, public misrepresentation of his past, disorderly conduct that was against the school’s honor code, and self-admitted academic failings.” (He dropped out.) The letter also claims “During his brief time at the college, Cawthorn established a reputation for predatory behavior. We will not sit idly by while he is celebrated as the new face of the conservative movement, millennials, and Christians.”

He claimed that his application to the Naval Academy was rejected because of his car accident. Another lie.

The name of his so-called holding company (SPQR) is used by neo-Nazis. A coincidence?

Thought you ought to know.

Everett Baucom


Nurse speaks out

To the editor:

It’s a shame that people are so against wearing a mask to help prevent the spread of the corona virus. Recently one of my long time best friends passed from the Covid virus.

I worked in nursing for 30 years and never did have anyone in a hospital refuse to wear a mask if they were visiting a family member who had a infectious disease.

People do not realize that wearing a mask can keep from spreading this deadly virus not only to the elderly but to those who have a chronic disease. My question to those who refuse to wear a mask is: Could you live with yourself if you found out that you had covid and passed it to a small child who had cancer or if you passed the virus to someone in your family and they died.

People have the right to their political opinion but if their political party says masks are not necessary, does this give you the right to disrespect others. What about the nurses and other healthcare professionals?

They take care of covid patients and put their life at risk, even if they know the patient was one who had refused to wear a mask or do social distancing.

People just need to think about others and treat them as they would their own family. Young people are just following examples set by adults who may or may not respect the rights of others.

For those who say the virus is a hoax, why are ICU beds full of patients who are positive for covid? Hospitals are turning patients away due to no bed. Is this a hoax? Death is not a hoax. Ask someone who has lost a family member.

Stella Searcy

Socialism is wrong direction

To the editor:

How logical skewed opinions can seem, except in retrospect. Case in point: “Rethinking Socialism” 102820. The writer does the same thing the serpent does in Genesis 3. Weaving a tale of juxtaposition, she supposes “Socialism is a continuum,” from Social Security to totalitarianism. So far, in America, she has a right to be wrong.

I marvel that anyone, in our ‘enlightened’ day, would describe the American Constitution in the same breath with socialism. At best, they are oxymoronic.

Webster’s Unabridged defines Socialism: “In Communist doctrine, the stage of society coming between the capitalist stage and the communist stage, in which private ownership of the means of production and distribution has been eliminated ...”

Freedom is not even mentioned in socialism; neither is liberty; neither are individual rights, on which the Democratic Party, in former days, prided themselves. Pride usually precedes a fall. (See life experience, Proverbs 16:18, general and I Timothy 3:6, leadership).

“Now we are engaged in a great [media] war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated shall long endure.”

The streets of our cities have become “a great battlefield of that war,” and we need “a new birth of freedom [so] that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (Lincoln) How I wish our nation would turn to God instead of away from Him. Every doomed civilization since Adam has eventually turned away, and we shall be no exception.

David A Williams


Waynesville town hall travesty

To the editor:

Last night a town Hall meeting took place that quickly became a town hall travesty. After reading the Mountaineer article that covered that event, I felt compelled to respond. I don’t think I will ever understand the thought process of people who feel they have the right to potentially spread a deadly virus to others.

The biggest difference between the United States and other countries is a willingness to sacrifice minimal convenience for the greater good. Where the United states is now showing record cases of Covid 19 and a surge in deaths, other countries have utilized the same period of time to control and reverse the spread of the virus. These countries can now safely open their businesses and schools. The United States is woefully moving in the wrong direction with the possibility of future lock downs yet again.

The most regarded experts in the field have told us that if we followed the science and complied with their recommendations for two weeks, we would save 100,000 — 200,000 lives by February and be in a much better position to begin returning to a normal life.

In response to this, there is a rising movement of individuals who have said they’ll take a pass on prevention. The right to not place a barrier over their nose and mouth is a violation of their freedom. Waynesville is a small town and thus far has been partially protected from the current surges we see in other parts of the country.

But if predictions for the fall and winter are accurate, and so far all of the science has been spot on, we will likely see record numbers right here in our little town. The illness will take all hostages from all age groups, leaving long term damage that is not yet known.

As cultures have significantly defined themselves over the past 10 mouths, some Americans have proven that our own needs come before the greater good of our family. friends, neighbors, and the general population.

The selfish and self serving behavior that has been proudly displayed across this country and in our own community is painfully disheartening. I gave us more credit for character, strength, and courage. I was wrong.

Jill Province


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