NC District 11 Democratic Party Alert

Dear Fellow Democrats, Today I’m feeling many emotions as we mourn the death of a gentle, giant warrior, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Although I’m very sad and my heart is heavy, I’m reminded that I am not powerless.  I’m sharing with you a message from...

RGB: Recommit & Stay the Course, by Penny Smith (Sept. 9)

Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays. They culminate ten days later on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah celebrates the creation of our world. The period following it is known as the Days of Awe; it’s a time to...

E Pluribus Unum, by William McReynolds

Immediately after declaring independence in 1776 our founding fathers adopted a motto for the new country. That motto is “E Pluribus Unum” meaning “From many, one.”  The many at that time in our history included the 13 colonies and “the countries from which these...

What Can Be Done?, by Diane Jettinghoff (July 5)

I recently read “The Miserable People” by John Pavlovitz.  He gave me a good insight into the people who support Trump, but it also concerned me because Pavlovitz exposed the aggression & anger of his followers. Then I heard Trump speak on Friday night, July 3rd. ...

Spare the Rod, by Penny Smith (July 1)

I’ve been mulling over what it is in the American psyche that makes us so angry and so prone to turn that anger into violence. One of my touchstones for understanding the United States is Mark Twain’s The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn. Pap, Huck’s father, is too often...

Protests in Sylva, by Zac Wyatt (June 21)

The People of Sylva had their voices heard on Saturday, June 13th. Hundreds of citizens gathered in downtown Sylva to show their support for more regulation to prevent the abuse of power by law enforcement. They also called for more transparency of police departments....

A Tale Of Two Rallies, by Penny Smith. (June 21)

Charles Dickens’ novel title, A Tale of Two Cities, is one of the most borrowed phrases of all time. Yet, on June 20, 2020, I kept coming back to it. On that date the Poor People’s Campaign substituted a virtual three-hour affair for the in-person event they had...

Trump and “Nasty”, by Penny Smith – May 19

Our current President appears to have a decided affection for adjectives: “Sleepy” Joe, “Mini” Mike, “Lyin’” Ted, “Fat” Jerry. There’s even a Wikipedia site dedicated to them (check out “List of Nicknames used by Donald Trump”). However, his range of adjectives is...