• 52°

Letter: Wait and see where impeachment investigation leads

To those outraged by the initiation of an impeachment inquiry, I suggest waiting and seeing where the investigation leads.

I hope that everyone commenting has read both the White House-released summary of the July 25 call as well as the whistleblower complaint. If any American citizen can read them without being concerned about the implications for our republic, if in fact the allegations are borne out, I am alarmed.

I understand some don’t want to believe it, but, if true, we have a huge problem. Others will attempt to educate us on the implications of their truth in coming days. So I will leave that to them.

As to “hearsay,” I make two points: We can see that the first-person account (the transcript) strongly corroborates the details of the call as reported in the complaint. Second, I expect in judging the credibility of the complaint the inspector general of the intelligence community spoke directly to at least some of the whistleblower’s sources. This has been all but explicitly confirmed. The details of that will come out, but asserting that it is all hearsay is a weak repudiation.

To say there is “no there, there” at this point in the process shows willful ignorance on the part of commentators, whether it is a U.S. senator who swore to uphold the Constitution or a rank-and-file Republican ranting on Facebook.

This specific act represents a threat to our free democracy and our Constitution (which I take for granted is a point of belief shared by all of us) and, if proven true, clearly demands a thorough and dispassionate examination and explanation.

— Alan Menius

Salisbury

Comments

Local

PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday

BREAKING NEWS

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked

Coronavirus

29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget

Columnists

Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury

Local

City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance

Education

North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person

East Spencer

Developers aim to transform former Dunbar School site into multi-purpose community development

Education

Knox student organizing event to get community cycling

Education

Decision on Essie Mae charter appeal expected Thursday

Nation/World

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

Nation/World

Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol

Nation/World

States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

News

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper receives COVID-19 vaccine

News

North Carolina health officials urge schools to reopen