Tar Heel reps should be ashamed


To the Editor:


On Jan. 6 and into the morning of Jan. 7, seven sitting members of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina voted to undermine the election and the electoral process of the United States. These sitting members of the House are Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, Richard Hudson, David Rouzer, Virginia Fox, Greg Murphy, and from District 11, Madison Cawthorn.

Indeed, Mr. Cawthorn had earlier in the day addressed the crowd (mob) that went on to storm the halls of Congress and led to death.

The only Republican House member from N.C. who was willing to stand up for the rule of law and the peaceful transfer of political power was Patrick McHenry. Even both Republican Senators from N.C., Burr and Tillis, voted to approve the Electoral College tally.

In the Thursday, Oct. 22, edition of The Sylva Herald, the Jackson County Republican Party ran a half page advertisement adorned with a photograph of Donald Trump telling what they were voting for. In part they state: “ I’m voting for the Electoral College, and the Republic we live in …  I’m voting for the Police, and law and order … I’m voting for the future of my Country!”

I do not see these sentiments in the very representatives that these self-same Republican voters placed in office.

What I do see is that Cawthorn helped stir up a mob that later broke the law and killed a member of the Capitol Police. I see that these very representatives cared nothing for the Electoral College but only for what they believed the will of mob rule to be. I see that they cared nothing for the rule of law and order, but rather were concerned with their own political futures.

The Jackson County Republican Party, in its advertisement stated that it was voting … “for the future of my Country!” If this is the country and the future that they want, their priorities are wrong. They should be ashamed of casting votes for and supporting these representatives who have attempted to circumvent the will of the American people.

Let us watch, wait and see that if by the next election they have gained an understanding of the democratic system of government and that it is not an authoritarian dictatorship. Hopefully they will understand this and none of these seven House of Representatives members will be returned to Congress.

Luther Jones, Sylva


Consequences of the big lie


To the Editor:

From reports in several news outlets, seven Republican Congressmen from North Carolina bought into President Trump’s lies and conspiracy theories, or cynically used them, and sought to overturn the presidential electorate in a number of states but could only get senatorial support for Arizona and Pennsylvania.

As a resident of District 11, I’ll talk about our own Madison Cawthorn later. The arrogance, deceit and obnoxiousness of this support is hard to understand from supposedly sober, principled legislators. From what I have seen and read in mainstream media, there is no basis to believe the election fraud occurred in any of the accused states all of which failed to deliver their electoral votes to the president.

The president has been setting the precedent of this big lie for months, telling his constituents that it was inevitable that he would win the election, and could only lose if there was massive voter fraud. The election was followed by at least 60 legal actions regarding election fraud and irregularities from Republicans, all to no avail. There are no obvious explanations for these actions led by the president and a large coterie of Republican legislators other than a coup to overthrow the legitimate election of Joe Biden. Some media reports say that the participating legislators were cynically attaching themselves to the president to capture his followers in future elections, an ethical violation at the very least.

Back to our District 11 Congressman, Madison Cawthorn, the heir of Mark Meadows. As a newly sworn representative, Cawthorn was on the floor of the House advocating for the election results of a number of states to be overturned. This was immediately following his appearance on the stage at Trump’s rally encouraging the crowd/mob? to essentially invade the Capital. According to the Asheville C-T he claimed to be carrying a gun for protection. Sounds like he was prepared for any eventuality from defending himself from crazy libs to “Trump patriots.” This gives him even more cred as a Trump sycophant and begs the question as to where he goes next.

Hopefully, upon self-reflection he will conclude that he is not capable of adequately representing the 11th District and resign. Since this is unlikely, maybe he will be charged as a traitor by the states whose voters he tried to disenfranchise, also unlikely. We’ll probably have to vote him out in 2022.

Eric Myers, Sylva


The clown is gone but circus will continue


To the Editor:

We have so much to be thankful for as we enter 2021. For one thing we have vaccines that will hopefully allow us to begin to get back to normal.

And for another thing one of the biggest threats to our democracy since its beginning has been exposed to the world for the corrupt un-American he has always been. Far too many good people fell for his big lie. And even more not so good people went along with his big lie. Are you in one of these groups? How do you feel now?

The clown is gone, but the circus will go on. There will always be people like the white supremacists at the front of the pack of domestic terrorists who attacked our Capitol on Jan. 6. They will never believe in freedom for all and could not care less about democracy. Let’s hope their children aren’t as anti-American as they are.

Mike Clark, Cullowhee


Cawthorn should be investigated


To the Editor:

I am worried. On Jan. 6, our newly elected congressman, Madison Cawthorn, contested what he has tweeted about as the right to a free and fair election.

Mr. Cawthorn’s twitter feed leading up to Jan. 6 was filled with strong, violent language encouraging his supporters to go to the Capitol to demonstrate their patriotism and show “what their spines are made of.” As he spoke to the crowd immediately before they stormed the Capitol he incited the crowd using violent language and calling his colleagues “cowards.”

As Mr. Cawthorn stated “the right to vote is the cornerstone of our Republic.” The behavior of this congressman resulted in encouragement of the riots that followed. Just who was the coward? Certainly Madison Cawthorn. Our newly elected, uninformed and immature congressman needs to be held accountable for his seditious behavior. He has shown that he does not understand his oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution,” but instead sees it as a means to profit his personal agenda.

We have heard it over and over, the President disrespects the rights of U.S. citizens. The Contestor in Chief is unstable, and his violent supporters fulfilled the orders they were given. Mr. Cawthorn needs to be investigated for ethics violations that resulted in seditious actions and expelled.

Mary Buranosky, Whittier


Let’s leave history as it is


To the Editor:

I would like to address the movement to replace the mascot at Cullowhee Valley School from the Rebel to something else.

In this time of “political correctness” I find myself seeing our history being erased by members of a movement in this country. I myself have been born and raised in Jackson County, specifically the Tuckasegee area, and come from generations of families born and raised here. I own a local business and have contact with many of my neighbors and community members. In my conversations with these community members most if not all wish that many of our historic names, monuments and mascots remain as is. To change any of these would only be bowing to the pressures of a movement I personally do not agree with.

I understand we are in divided times, and I believe with time and a favorable course of united communications we will come to realize that with all history we must first learn by it and second not repeat it. I am aware that some of the “Colonel Rebel” references have already been removed and that many of our local markers are in the process of changes, so I have to question when is enough going to be enough.

Our forefathers fought for a democracy where all voices are heard and that the majority ruled. I feel those liberties slipping away as each change is made to satisfy what to me is the minority opinion. I respectfully ask that we as neighbors step back and let time heal the wounds of our divided community, state and nation; and that we make no further changes.

Mike Hooper, Tuckasegee