Boycotts of businesses as American as apple pie

Chortle, chortle, Rick Blatchford, shooting yourself in the foot again in your Saturday Siege, are you? Boycotts of businesses are against diversity, huh. Really? So for the sake of diversity you would not join a boycott of the businesses who supported Hitler and his gas chambers?

Come on, we are about the same grown-up age, old boy. Remember what the Greatest Generation fought for? It's the American way for all Americans to vote freely at the ballot box and even with our feet. You don't like that a particular business discriminates, then don't buy their chick fillets. That's what I do. Proudly.


Frankly, I also prefer voting at an untampered voting box myself, but of course your choice for president does not appear to like that idea, either. It seems that the groper likes to call on his good friend Putin to help out by destroying our local free press and bringing Putin's dictatorship to our neighborhoods and our local voting machines.

Just so it's clear: I see my boycotting businesses that refuse to follow equality (and, instead, support discrimination) as a personal American obligation. As a Carroll countian, speaking out against those who salivate in hate is about as American and apple pie as any American can get. You bet I'll vote with my feet and, yes, I will vote at the polls.

You, Mr. Blatchford? I'm darned sure you will use your right to vote at the polls and with your feet as well. May the best vision prevail. God help us if it doesn't!

John D. Witiak

Union Bridge

Urging lawmakers to help end slavery, trafficking

Everyone deserves to be free, but over 40 million people are trapped in slavery today. On Thursday, June 20, the U.S. State Department released the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report. The TIP Report sheds light on this hidden crime and ranks 187 countries, including the United States, on their efforts to combat it. It has been exciting to participate with a variety of churches in Carroll and Baltimore counties coming together to call for support from our elected officials on this serious global issue.

As Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission says, “Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery, but nothing will ever happen until we are.”

Churches I have worked with have been encouraged by the positive support from our Maryland representatives in congress. With bipartisan support, congress can protect the integrity of the TIP Report and the American-led programs that help rescue slaves and put their perpetrators behind bars. We’re counting on our lawmakers to use their voices and tip the scales towards justice. If we can summon sufficient political courage, we can end slavery in our lifetime.

Joe Paschal


Democratic Central Committee throwing debate watch party

The big tent party has an exciting tent full of presidential candidates. In an effort to further educate ourselves on this field of diversity, the Carroll County Democratic Central Committee will be hosting local debate watch parties. The first set of viewing parties will be held at Johanssons on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27. Democrats may be the minority in our county but we have a strong voice, increasing in strength. We invite you to connect with other Democrats as we listen to our candidates debate the way forward for our great nation. Our debate parties promise to be both fun and informative. The Democratic Club will be meeting at 7 p.m. for dinner (a la carte menu at your own expense). The Democratic Central Committee will host a pre-debate gathering with games and prizes beginning at 8 p.m., both nights. Pre-debate festivities will be followed by the debates scheduled to air at 9 p.m.

Anne Stoner


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