Who should be memorialized?


To the Editor:

A recent tourist from New York and Florida wrote a letter last week praising the old courthouse building and the “... beautiful statue commemorating all the past Confederate soldiers.”

The writer, like so many locals, misinterpreted the statue as a memorial to fallen soldiers. It is in fact a memorial to the heroes and heroines of the Confederacy. The very people who took this country to war so they could continue a white supremacy culture and the racist enslavement of thousands.

The writer laments the loss of our heritage and tradition, but celebrates “we are one nation under God.” Well, no thanks to the Confederacy because it cost around 620,000 men their lives to preserve the Union. Let’s not continue memorializing that bloody fiasco, but recognize it as a tragic and shameful part of our history like our treatment of Native Americans.

Let’s build a memorial to the unheralded leased workers who suffered to build the Western Carolina railroads, instead. Without the labor of those in the Jim Crow era slavery of leased prisoners, the development of Western North Carolina would have never occurred and Sylva would never have existed.

Gary Kirby, Sylva


Follow the Constitution or amend it


To the Editor:

The anti-abortion law enacted by Texas appears strong and worrisome. But, is it really strong?

This major question lingers: Where will the “bounty money” come from? The Fourteenth Amendment may be relevant. It states: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its  jurisdiction the protection of the laws.”

Somewhere in the Fourteenth Amendment there must be a legal basis to challenge the Texas law. Read it once more. Then decide what you think about the law itself cast up against the Constitution. Each of us has feelings about the abortion controversy. But, we must follow the Constitution or amend it.

Dave Waldrop, Webster