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Mecklenburg trustees tap interim school superintendent

Trustees on the Mecklenburg County School Board named Dr. Janet C. Crawley as part-time temporary interim Superintendent of Schools at a special meeting Thursday night, June 25. Crawley, who takes…

Black bear cub makes escape through South Boston

Residents of Traver Avenue in South Boston received a furry bundle of excitement early Thursday afternoon — a small black bear cub that scampered down the street, headed for the…

Charleston murders spur change, debate – and no more Conferederate flag making in town

Responding to national uproar in the wake of last week’s mass murder at a Charleston, S.C. African-American church, Annin Flagmakers announced Tuesday that it will stop producing and selling Confederate…

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Not so irrelevant

SoVaNow.com / October 10, 2012
Dear Viewpoint,

Regarding Tom McLaughlin’s column in the Wednesday, October 3 edition of The Mecklenburg Sun, I agree that in the future the Republican Party needs to embrace positions that are more inclusive and therefore make the party a more viable alternative to minority voters. However, I strongly disagree that the Republican Party is quickly becoming irrelevant. An analysis of the current and projected makeup of the country’s governorships and state legislatures after this November’s election indicates that 31 of 50 governorships will be held by Republicans (with one Independent), and 60 of the 98 state legislatures (with one non-partisan unicameral legislature in Nebraska,) will also be controlled by Republicans, including in traditionally “blue” states like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It is true that Republican candidates have won the “national” popular vote only once in the last five Presidential contests, but in that same time Republicans have controlled the House and/or Senate in 12 of those 20 Congressional sessions. I would hardly say that a solid 60-plus percent success rate across “local elections” (i.e Congress, Governors and State Legislatures) is a formula for irrelevancy. As the former Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill once famously said, “All politics is local,” and it appears that in the local sense, the majority of Americans still prefer those choices to be Republican.

Sincerely,
Joseph Vitanza, Chase City

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