A lot accomplished

Why reelect John Larson to the Winston-Salem City Council, South Ward?

His background includes:

  • U.S. Army veteran, captain; only veteran on City Council
  • 37-year career as a vice president at Old Salem, retired
  • 44-year resident of South Ward; has restored and resides in his 1839-built home
  • Member of Home Moravian Church
  • Chair, Moravian Archives Board

Elected to Winston-Salem City Council, 2016

  • Serves on Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  • Vice chair of Public Works Committee
  • Member of Public Safety Committee

Highlights of Larson’s first term:

  • Initiated making Veteran’s Day a city holiday
  • Military veteran bonus for police and fire to help compensate personnel recruitment shortage
  • Funds and plans for a new No. 13 fire station in South Ward
  • Parkland pool renovations
  • Activation of the City Sustainability Council
  • Mini-park acquisition at Konnoak and Cloister drives
  • $2.9 million improvements to Hobby, Washington and Granville parks
  • $1.2 million in street and sidewalk improvements
  • $1 million in strollway upgrades
  • Supported additional public art, including the beloved otter on Peters Creek water tower
  • Acquisition of African American Peter Oliver Farm Site for park and New Winston Museum
  • $197,000 allocation to support Old Salem Museums & Gardens — a key city historic gem

Premium endorsements:

Winston-Salem Police Benevolent Association

  • Winston-Salem Professional Fire Fighters Association

Having accomplished a lot in his first term, Larson is eager to serve a second term to complete what he has begun. Please join me in voting to reelect South Ward’s John Larson.

Anne Griffis Wilson


Me, me, me

I am so tired of President Trump. I am so tired of his insistence that he is always right and can do no wrong. It’s all “me, me, me” and the hell with the rest of the country.

Attorney General William Barr stated that Trump’s constant tweets and second-guessing were making his job impossible. Trump’s response: “Me, me, me.”

His pal Roger Stone’s judge warned him that he shouldn’t interfere with Stone’s trial. Trump’s response: “Me, me, me.”

Our intelligence agencies warned Congress that Russia was going to attack our election to benefit Trump. Trump’s response: “Me, me, me.”

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that we’ve got to take coronavirus seriously. Trump’s response: “Me, me, me.” He doesn’t care about America. All he cares about is promoting himself. Are we going to have to have Americans die from a deadly virus before people understand?

The emperor has no clothes. He never had any. Sen. Mitt Romney and the Never Trumpers are the only Republicans who have been willing to admit the truth.

Jorge Rogers


A grass-roots movement

I read with interest John Hinton’s excellent article on the 1960 local sit-ins to protest racial discrimination on the heels of the more famous Greensboro demonstrations (“More than just a matter of black & white,” Feb. 23). It was a much-needed example of what modern historians of the civil rights movement have urged — a focus on local grass-roots opponents of legal racism in our society rather than the unrealistic (and inaccurate) focus solely on the “heroic” movement leaders of national memory and celebration like the Rev. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. As the Atlanta civil rights leader Julian Bond used to say, these local histories give the lie to the lame narrative that “Rosa sat down, Martin stood up, then the white folks saw the light and saved the day!”

As the “sit-in” movement spread through the South, spearheaded by black college students and sympathetic white comrades, the need for a more coordinated common front against racial segregation became apparent to one person in particular — Ella Baker. This 57-year-old veteran of the NAACP and Southern Christian Leadership Conference personally invited the various student leaders to come to her alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, to organize a full-frontal assault on racism in America. The result was the creation, in April 1960, of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). It became the heart of the modern civil rights movement in the early 1960s, often in competition (and collision) with the adult legal warriors of the NAACP.

Errol M. Clauss

Professor of History Emeritus

Salem College


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