An open letter to Orange County residents
Like many, since Election Day we have reflected on what our country’s presidential election will mean for our communities.
Many of the core community values under which our elected boards operate could be affected by the result of this presidential election. We value and embrace our immigrant residents. We advocate for non-discrimination and equality for our LGBT residents. We acknowledge the reality of climate change and believe we need to take steps to protect the future of our planet. We support efforts to provide health care to all citizens. We believe laws regarding the regulation of guns need to be viewed and considered in a common-sense fashion. We believe no one should feel unsafe in our community because of their gender, religion, ethnicity, or cultural heritage. We stand against bullying, harassment, and assault for any reason. Because we care about these very important issues that have been so prominent in the recent election campaign, we have concern as to how they might impact us on the local level under the new presidential administration.
As your elected leaders, we have heard from several residents who want reassurance from our local governing bodies that we will hold true to our values. We assure you that we will and that our colleagues will.
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We have also heard that some residents have been the victims of racial, religious and homophobic slurs since the election. Perhaps this is an outgrowth from the recent inflammatory campaign season, but let us be clear: This type of harassment has no place in our county or our towns and will not be tolerated. Any residents who are the victims of this type of behavior should call 911 immediately and report these incidents to our law enforcement agencies.
As we move forward with this transition, we need to listen to each other and pay special attention to our values of inclusiveness and respect. While not perfect, this is the way democracy works in our country, and we believe this ultimately makes us a stronger nation. In the meanwhile, we all need to work hard and keep advocating for our very important community values.
Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, and Orange County Board of Commissioners Chair Earl McKee.
Nothing less than horrifying
The results of the election were nothing less than horrifying for all these Americans: Mexican and Muslim immigrants, under-insured, not insured, unemployed, under-employed, under-paid, women who don’t meet Trump standards for beauty, women have been raped, beaten by husbands, gotten pregnant from rape or incest, poor with no access to birth control, who are of color, have disabilities, auto-immune or chronic disease, who are gay or lesbian, poor, homeless, with obsolete job skills, children and teens who have been bullied, young women abused by cat calls and pornography, and everyone else who is NOT a white, wealthy, man.
I am a middle-aged, unemployed housewife with arthritis, could very possibly lose my health insurance, maybe my home at my next hospitalization, because Mr Trump plans to do away with my insurance.
It is now up to every single Trump supporter to explain to those of us who did not vote for him, why? I don’t understand your reasoning, at all. I can’t see how anything, like emails, can come anywhere near to the threat we all now face from an authoritarian, wealthy, juggernaut, demagogue with a foul mouth.
For someone in the hospitality business, Donald Trump is the most inhospitable, unethical, most threatening, dominating, personality to have ever been elected to office.
Yes, the time is now to explain, why? The electorate has given him the power to not only personally hurt all those listed above, but to also draft our children in wars, drop nuclear weapons, cause WWIII, and lead to the extinction of our descendants because of unmitigated climate change.
Sarah K. McIntee
Trump is no Hitler
Regarding the news story “Principal: Substitute teacher, not school staff, raised Hitler concern” (CHN, Nov. 4)
Rarely do we see in an article the source of the problem so clearly that the article is reporting on. Even more rarely do we see that source being advance within that same article unbeknownst to those scratching their heads as to how this could have happened.
When parents, school facility (principal Emily Bivins) and news organizations and politicians (Obama) conflate Donald Trump with Hitler (a man who insulted a certain group within a certain race vs. a man that murdered 6 million people – think about that), thus trivializing what Hitler did, and wildly exaggerating what Trump says he’s going to do, to further their own political ideology, we are going to get children that listen to that absurdly ignorant comment, and not clearly understand the differences. After all, half of the people in our country support Trump so, is it that hard to see how a child might see Hitler in the same light instead of seeing Trump in your fictional, inaccurate light?
This is why we teach history unmolested, and raw and open, absent of our own opinions and modern moralities. It’s a sad state when our educators don’t even see the harm they are doing to our children to fore fill their own paranoid selfish goals.
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