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Letters: Column filled with conspiracy nonsense; McDaniel grateful to Westminster community; Opposed to rezoning Zabel property; Trump doing what he always does | READER COMMENTARY

Column filled with conspiracy nonsense

I wholeheartedly support columnist Joe Vigliotti’s right to publish a convoluted description of the story of Jesus and Pontius Pilot,, to somehow relate that to a Ray Bradbury tale, and finally attempt a connection with election integrity. But when he starts disputing election facts and data and promoting wild conspiracy theories about election fraud, that is not OK. It is unconscionable that an elected official should be able to pass off such wild innuendo as having any basis in fact. And this paper should not have published such fiction.

To be clear, Joe Biden has at least 6 million more votes than Mr. Trump. This is the biggest margin of victory of any challenger over a sitting president since 1932. He also has a comfortable margin in the Electoral College. The “widespread public knowledge” is that Biden won this election, and it is time to allow him and his administration the chance to get on with the very serious business of governing, and — hello — this is a country in desperate need of good governance.

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Dominion voting systems started out as a Canadian company, but it is now also incorporated in the United States. Its equipment is used in 28 states, including Florida and Ohio, which Mr. Trump won handily. So you think the voting system deleted votes for Trump, just not in Florida and Ohio? That sounds very far-fetched. And here’s the irony. Democrats in Congress pushed for greater oversight of companies involved in election technology. Republicans blocked those efforts. It’s a bit late at this point to be calling foul.

So you readers get to decide. Do you want to be pro-truth, pro-democracy, pro-voting, and anti-racist? Or do you want to continue spewing conspiracy nonsense? It is interesting that this opinion piece was published on the same day as an editorial bemoaning the lack of diversity in our school system. If you were a person of color and read what was published regularly on this page, would you be eager to come work here?

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And this paper also needs to get on board, educating the public concerning the difference between propaganda and actual reporting. I realize this was an opinion piece. But opinion pieces that even insinuate that lies have some validity have no place in a newspaper, no place anywhere for that matter. Again, I ask the editors: What do you stand for?

Gary Foote

Westminster

McDaniel grateful to Westminster community

At the end of our spring semester, McDaniel College began proactively planning to reopen campus for the fall. A Task Force, called Return to the Hill (RTTH), was formed to make key decisions, in consultation with state and county health officials, to ensure a healthy and safe residential and academic experience. In addition to all of the protocols that we put in place on our campus, central to our planning has always been the support of the Westminster community.

We wish to thank you — the local businesses, nonprofits, and other partners — for the important role that you have played in the McDaniel experience for our students this semester. We are continuing to meet regularly to prepare for an on-campus spring semester and we look forward to having our students return for classes on Feb. 1.

As we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to continuing to work together to preserve and maintain the health and safety of all members of our Westminster community.

Julia Jasken

McDaniel College provost, on behalf of the Return to the Hill Task Force

Opposed to rezoning Zabel property

I am in complete opposition to the rezoning of the Zabel property. I have lived in the area for almost 50 years. I moved here to escape urban sprawl and overcrowding. If the proposed rezoning is approved, it will definitely have an adverse effect on the quality of life for my family to include our safety.

The community was not told that residential text revisions would be completed before any zoning changes were considered. The county is accepting zoning changes, even though the next revisions have not been completed, and performing piecemeal rezoning efforts.

William Woerner

Marriottsville

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Trump doing what he always does

By blocking the normal transition to the new presidency, Donald Trump is, once again, showing his utter contempt for the security of the United States. But, let’s get real, this is no different what he has done for the past four years. It has been clear from 2016 that he likes being president but has absolutely no interest in performing the duties of the presidency. Good riddance, President Trump.

James G. Hirtle

Westminster

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