So much love
Editor’s note: Our story about Chauncey Taylor (Mystic Waters) last week generated several comments, emails and phone calls, including:
Lanya Shapiro: So much love for Mystic Waters, who I feel incredibly lucky to have met years ago. (Has it been 15 years?!!) Talented, spirited, vivacious – my husband says he's the embodiment of Dionysus – but he’s such a gentle soul too. Durham is lucky to have him. Love you, Chauncey!
Kat Davis: The celebration at the Eno was life changing. Knowing and loving Mystic Waters is also life changing. So, so, so proud of you Mystic!
Joan Langford: Thank you for the article about Chauncey Taylor. It is absolutely one of the best articles I have ever read. It was pure and loving and not distorted, to the best of my perception. It has brought tears of joy and love to my eyes.
Last week, North Carolina got a chance to see the stark contrasts between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
First, Trump’s Republican party remains deeply divided. Governor Pat McCrory and Senator Richard Burr were nowhere to be found during Trump’s visit to Raleigh. Not sure why. They are just as irrational as he is. By contrast, the Democratic party has united behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.
Second, Trump’s campaign is lagging far behind in fundraising and infrastructure. Clinton’s campaign is firing on all cylinders, and the Democratic Coordinated Campaign is already out knocking on doors and winning votes for November.
Finally, and most importantly, is the sharp contrast between the candidates themselves. When Trump uses hate speech, such as suggesting a religious test for entry into America and that non-white judges can’t be impartial, he makes it clear that his campaign is about driving people apart.
Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is all about bringing people together. As she said last week in Charlotte, she has a vision for a future where “we do great things together not as red states and blue states, but as the United States.”
We have a clear choice in November, a chance to vote for Hillary Clinton and in favor of unity, against xenophobia and hateful rhetoric.
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