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One year ago

One year ago, July 4, 2018, I became a U.S. citizen. I was sworn in with 48 others from around the world, places as diverse as Britain, South Sudan, Iraq and Iran. It was a very happy occasion.

My reason for becoming a citizen was family; I’m married to a U.S. citizen and gained a daughter. During our time together, she married and they have given us two beautiful granddaughters.

This was my reason, my new family; family I love and want to be with. I never suffered fear of death, torture, war, famine, family separation, in my home country, unlike many people of other countries. On Citizenship Day I was happy for them to be able to start over, safe, free from persecution. This is how it should be, how all people should live, but don’t.

The first thing I did after becoming a citizen was to register to vote. I registered as a Democrat; they reflect to me as a person from Canada the party that actually cares about people, the party that works for equality, the party that fights against discrimination for inclusivity, the party that will embrace the outsider, persecuted, marginalized.

How unfortunate the country is so divided now. I don’t understand how division has occurred when we should stand up for one another, care and create a better world not only for ourselves but every person on the planet. This is how we and the planet survive.

Kelvin Wannamaker


Constant barrage

As a conservative reader, it is tiring to read the constant barrage of condescension and Trump-hating venom in the Reader’s Forum as well as from your leftist opinion columnists.

I acknowledge that there is hypocrisy on both sides of the political spectrum, but it is glaring to see the newfound interest in character, truthfulness, excessive government spending and civility by those on the left who have worshiped at the altar of the Clintons, who never saw a law they couldn’t break or lie they couldn’t tell, and President Barack Obama, who spent eight years apologizing for America, doubled the national debt, set race relations in America back 50 years, opened our borders and rarely opened his mouth without lying to the American people. I do not always like President Trump’s abrasive ways, but it is refreshing to have a president who fights back against the heavily leftist biased media and who, unlike his predecessor, loves America and tries hard to do what he promised during his campaign.

It is hard to fathom the left’s resistance to full employment, lowest unemployment in decades (lowest ever for minorities), steady economic growth, etc. etc., but the left is moving more and more toward socialistic forms of government for us. I for one find that dangerous and unacceptable. So, if lewd, crude and loud Trump will continue to fight against those ideas, he will continue to get my support against the hordes of leftist Democrats coming out of the woodwork.

William C. Sides Jr.


Rule of law

If Trump administration personnel can ignore U.S. House subpoenas and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway can flout the Hatch Act, then North Carolina sheriffs can refuse to cooperate with ICE. Either we have rule of law or we don’t.

Which is it going to be, Republicans? Make up your minds.

Gerald Bean


Every election

It seems like every election, Forsyth County’s GOP legislators tout their clout as the reason to send them back to Raleigh.

But when they fail, repeatedly, to bring home the bacon — as in their sorry record in the current session — why should we continue to swallow their excuses?

Results matter, not rhetoric. Show us the money. Sending them back again and again because they hold a majority in both House and Senate means nothing if they fail to come through for the citizens of Forsyth.

It’s time to turn them out. We need a delegation in Raleigh that can deliver for us, not just dangle promises to do so.

Gail McNeill


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