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One question

I have one question for whoever will ultimately make the decision about renaming the Dixie Classic Fair: Why would you bow to the demands of a few, and ignore the wishes of many?

Mona Potts

Advance

The Johnson Amendment

Here’s a funny story:

During the National Day of Prayer service outside the White House on May 2, President Trump bragged about how he repealed the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit, at penalty of losing their churches’ tax-exempt status.

Just one problem: He never actually did that.

Oh, he signed an executive order that hurt the amendment’s enforcement, but the amendment is technically still in effect.

As it stands, churches, like other nonprofits, are already allowed to discuss political issues without a problem. Pastors can condemn marriage equality, treat women as second-class citizens and pretend science is fake all they want. But as a condition of their tax-exemption, they’re not allowed to directly tell people how to vote (even if they can strongly imply it all they want).

Of course, that doesn’t really stop them. It’s a law that’s rarely enforced.

But it can be. The IRS can go after churches that violate the law, and Trump can’t stop them.

So now he’s just doing what he always does: Insisting he’s won while hoping no one looks into the details.

The crowd of evangelicals at the service applauded politely. It’s unclear whether they believed him or were just humoring him.

Reggie Branson

Winston-Salem

Factually accurate

I just started to read the redacted version of the Mueller report and I have decided to approach it from the same perspective as U.S. Attorney General William Barr did when he released his four-page summary.

What, you may ask, was Barr’s perspective when he reviewed the report? Before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on May 1, he acknowledged that he had not reviewed the “evidence” supporting the report since he assumed that the Mueller report was factually accurate and correct; therefore, a review of the “evidence” supporting the report was not necessary.

Even the redacted Mueller report is an interesting read; particularly since the U.S. Attorney General William Barr believes it to be factually accurate and correct.

David Botchin

Winston-Salem

Transparent?

“I have been the most transparent president in U.S. history.” As soon as I heard that President Trump said that, I knew he would be trying to hide something.

Indeed, he’s hiding his taxes, he’s suing to keep the U.S. House from serving subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One to learn about his financial ties and he’s blocking administration figures from testifying before Congress.

“Law and order” is just a silly slogan if someone doesn’t really follow the law. Trump thinks he’s above the law. He thinks the law is supposed to serve him.

Incidentally, the Mueller probe was not, as Trump says, “an attempted coup.” Nor was it illegal.

Is anybody still fooled by this con man?

Roger L. Mack

Winston-Salem

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