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A funny quirk

I’ve noticed a funny President Trump quirk.

Often when he’s on TV and he tells one of his lies, he’ll add, with a raised eyebrow, as if he’s addressing members of the media, something like, “And you know it’s true.” This seems to be a subtle way of trying to smear the press — suggesting that there is a thing he knows, even though nobody else knows, and the press knows, too, but isn’t saying. He’s trying to make it look like they’re lying by not reporting his lie. It’s very clever.

Considering that their job isn’t to argue with him, but to ask questions and report what he says, it’s kind of like slapping someone around when their hands are tied behind their back. It’s something a bully would do.

This is pretty small in the vast scheme of things. It’s not like putting children in cages at the border or obstructing justice by firing your attorney general or trying to eliminate health care coverage for millions of Americans. It’s only a funny little quirk. But I think it’s interesting.

Mel H. Henderson


A vision of our community

I celebrate the efforts of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in forwarding a budget for the year ahead that casts a vision of our community (“Schools take budget plan to commissioners,” May 10). I appreciate the request to raise educator pay and particularly to get all classified workers to at least $15 per hour. Those who drive our buses, feed our children, create safe and clean spaces for students, reach out to families, offer emotional support and educate them deserve a living wage.

As the Forsyth County commissioners wrestle with the details and how to pay for this vision, I want to say thank you. May all of us continue to participate in making this vision real and a top priority in our community.

Craig Schaub


Pollen solutions

Thank you for the May 5 article on the pollen season (“Wheezing. Hacking. Watery eyes. Pollen season is here,” journalnow.com). The pollen season is increasing and is becoming more significant because of climate change creating a longer freeze-free season. By decreasing the freezing, plants are able to produce more pollen. The increasing levels of CO2 also stimulates plants to produce more pollen.

Pollen issues are magnified in those suffering from asthma (which is also on the rise). There is hope to reduce our CO2 production and thus decrease the burden of pollen. Write to Rep. Virginia Foxx and ask her to support H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 which will decrease carbon emission by 40% in its first 12 years and promote better healthy air.

Bryan Schroeder


Inclusive history

I agree with the May 8 letter “All of us.” Schools should teach American history and it should be inclusive. It should include the contributions of African Americans, of gay Americans, of Hispanic Americans, of Native Americans and female Americans — and not just on a special week or month, but as part of the year-long curriculum. It should include the ugly parts of our history, including the discrimination, oppression, worker exploitation and anti-intellectualism that have formed our nation.

It should give all of our students a sense of our country’s true history, not the sanitized vision of white supremacists who think, for some reason, that God favors them. And it should give all of our students the sense that nobody is superior to or inferior to anyone else because of their skin color, gender, religion or sexual orientation. It should show them all that America at its best, as in our founding documents, is a land of opportunity, freedom and equality.

Wendy Marshall


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