A political low point

EDITOR: Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been mocked by President Trump for over two years about her claim of Native American ancestry. Recently she released a test to show evidence that she has some Native American DNA. This evidence has been dismissed or mocked by President Trump and many politicians and pundits, perhaps most provocatively by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. On Fox & Friends, Graham announced he would have his own test done and said he would “beat her”.

From Warren’s original acceptance of family lore, to President Trump ignorantly calling her “Pocahontas” in front of WWII Navajo veterans with a picture of Andrew Jackson in the background, to Graham making this a contest, these politicians have perpetuated American stereotypes and ignorance of Native American nations and their cultures.

Which one of these politicians has studied any history of Native Americans? Have any of them read Andrew Jackson’s speech encouraging Congress to pass the Indian Removal Act? That law would lead to the expulsion of over 46,000 Native Americans from the East to the “Indian Territory” in the West. This included the Cherokee Nation, which both Graham and Warren claim their families have told them they were descended from.

Instead of using their positions to promote the issues of the Cherokee Nation on the national stage, or even encourage the understanding of their complicated history with the United States, they have made this into a competition of who has a larger percentage of Native American DNA. And that percentage cannot specify which tribe it came from.

Zachary Rudisin, Wilmington

Morgan will get job done

EDITOR: The voters of N.C. House District 19 need to pay attention to their choices in the midterm election. Democrat Marcia Morgan has run a positive campaign, focused on her qualifications and desire to work on problems affecting North Carolinians.

Her opponent, Rep. Ted Davis, has a dismal record, which shows no substantial effort to stop large chemical companies from polluting our water supply. Lately, Davis has resorted to TV ads that question Marcia Morgan’s honesty and accuse her of being unwilling to join him in solving the problem of toxic chemicals in our water supply. How absurd! Please vote for Marcia Morgan. She will get the job done for the citizens of District 19.

D.K. Medlin, Hampstead

The personal touch

EDITOR: A comments I frequently hear from friends and neighbors is that our representatives in Raleigh don’t know us, know what we need, or what we expect of them. They are used to talking at us -- in TV ads and mailings. I’ve made the same complaint myself.

That is why it is so refreshing to have a candidate who is doing the opposite. John Johnson, a candidate to represent District 16 in the N.C. House has been in neighborhoods knocking on doors and meeting people since he began his campaign. From what I’ve experienced myself and what I’ve heard from friends and neighbors, he has a remarkable willingness to listen, not just to promote his own views.

I don’t know much about Mr. Johnson’s opponent, Carson Smith. The only contact I’ve had from him about who he is and what he stands for are two mailings from the N.C. Republican Party. That’s an example of what I’m talking about when I say that those who represent us, or want to, are too often talking at us rather than with us. It’s time to change that. That’s why I’m voting for John Johnson and encourage others who want to be heard to vote from him.

Michael Connolly, Hampstead