• 75°

Letter: Have civics been ‘losted,’ too?

Allan Gilmour’s letter published Sunday struck home in several ways just as Steven Roberts column “Voting Rights is job one” strikes a major concern.

Will the U.S. democratic republic be “losted”? Voting rights are being most seriously threatened as most states are enacting laws to further curtail your right to vote and the assurance of fair elections. A democracy is government by the people, for the people and of the people. While the U.S. democracy is not a perfect one, we do not want it to be overthrown by autocracy, fascism, etc. The Jan. 6 violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was a failed coup attempt that attempted to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power after a fair democratic election.

While there remains too many people who still believe the big lie of fraud and that the former guy twice impeached had the 2020 election stolen from him, numerous courts and processes found no evidence of fraud. The election was fair and true. Those many states who are enacting laws with excessive voter suppression are acting on those lies there was fraud in hopes of denying the popular vote that might not be in their favor.

Steven Roberts is correct that voting rights must be the top priority. If those prohibitive laws are allowed to live, the U.S. democracy will most probably be “losted,” as Gilmour said. The  voting rights act was gutted by the U.S. Supreme Court years ago, enabling racism, voter suppression, etc. to thrive and bring us to this point where our democracy is on the brink of disaster.

Restoring and maintaining voting rights for all people must be the major goal for all of us if our country is to survive, maintain its democratic republic and work toward overcoming its problems to be a more perfect union. Does anyone teach and learn civics in school anymore or is that just another of the “losted” things?

— Pat Bullard
China Grove

Comments

Coronavirus

New COVID-19 positives in Rowan at lowest point since start of pandemic

Education

Rowan Wild’s animal camp makes a comeback at Dan Nicholas Park

Coronavirus

Health officials say financial incentives helped vaccination rates; lottery drawing today

Granite Quarry

Granite Quarry adopts budget that keeps tax rate flat

Business

Airport Advisory committee endorses plans for expansion at Mid-Carolina Regional

China Grove

China Grove will celebrate 40th Farmers Day with week full of festivities

Sports

Pistons win in NBA draft lottery; Hornets will get 11th pick

Crime

Officers in Locust arrest drivers who tried to flee; one was on motorcycle reported stolen from Rowan

News

Panel OKs NC Senate budget bill; Dems pan policy provisions

News

Letter: Journalist won’t join UNC faculty without tenure

Crime

Chase from Mooresville ends with crash at Rowan Mill Road; two charged

Kannapolis

Dearmons gift two public art sculptures to city of Kannapolis

Crime

Blotter: Woman’s camper stolen from side of I-85

Local

Local scouts sweep NC American Legion awards

Business

As demand lessens slightly, local homebuilders work through challenges to deliver dwellings

Local

Commissioners name Newberry Hall House county’s newest historic landmark

News

Senate budget uses NC revenue boon on more tax cuts, capital

College

Livingstone College alumna Quanera Hayes makes U.S. Olympic Team after first-place finish in 400-meter race

Crime

Blotter: June 21

Ask Us

Ask Us: What is status of ‘speed table’ on Charles Street in Spencer?

Local

East Rowan High graduate killed in motorcycle crash

Local

Political Notebook: Gov. Cooper vetoes Ford-backed bill allowing firearms at churches that are also schools

Crime

Blotter: June 20

News

Body of fourth tuber, age 7, found in North Carolina river