Letters to the editor, week of Nov. 14.

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:43 am

Thank you for keeping politics out of our schools

 The Richmond County Community Pride Campaign Committee would like to extend our sincere appreciation to the voters of Richmond County.

This past Election Day your support of the “Vote NO” campaign successfully defeated the School Board referendum enabling our schools to continue to do what they do best: educate our leaders of tomorrow.

We were committed to conducting a positive campaign focused on the issue at hand including the unrivaled quality of current school board leadership. A special thank you to the many contributors and volunteers who worked diligently on behalf of the “Vote NO” campaign; our success is a reflection of your dedication. It is evident that when people come together great things can happen.

We look forward to fostering this positive energy and advancing the pride in our community. Thank you again for Voting “No” and keeping our Schools the BEST in the Neck!

RCCP Campaign Committee

There is more than one way to interpret a word

The use of the phrase “Kool-Aid drinkers” on our Tea Party sign has brought forth charges of racism.  This is based on a complete misunderstanding because we never intended a racial connection.  We have no reason to inflame race relations; we have made efforts to attract everyone in the Northern Neck.  Let me explain.

First off, I like Kool-Aid.  At 5 cents a pack, this was the only drink my mother served our family in the summers sixty years ago. Frozen Kool-Aid on a stick was our version of a Popsicle.  Every person I ever knew had Kool-Aid in their home.

However, Kool-Aid is sweet and seductive, just like the immediate delivery of things received under socialism and the big government that goes along with it.  History shows that any nation that pursues redistribution of wealth stagnates, and then declines.  Check it out.

The Kool-Aid is being served by Pelosi, Reid, Barney Frank, etc.  The financial ruin of this country can be traced directly to Congress which continues to spend far more than we can ever generate in taxes.

The phrase “don’t drink the Kool Aid” is now accepted to mean those who endorse an action without realizing its real impact.  We hear it frequently on TV; it’s gone mainstream.  Its universal meaning can be googled online for a clear derivation of “the phrase.”

Last month a letter was sent to the black churches in Westmoreland County inviting their congregations to attend our Tea Party meeting and hear the dynamic message of Bishop E. W. Jackson and also to find out what we’re all about. Not one of those invited attended.  We tried and will continue to try.

We have received a number of phone calls about this….some informative, some not so.  Several facebook postings had to be removed because of the vulgarity.  The charge of racism now is often used to silence an opponent.  The tea party has been demonized since its inception; it is an easy target.

Again, we were totally unaware of the cultural reference.  Please recognize that there can be more than one way to interpret the meaning of words and ours is just as valid.   In no way was this meant as a racial slur; and let us also remember that civility is a two-way street.


Rodger Meredith, Callao

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