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Cawthorn should think before he speaks

Cawthorn should think before he speaks

To the Editor:

For many years I served as a Child Medical Examiner for Haywood County. I was also a founding member of KARE’s Child Abuse Task Force.

Along with law enforcement, the Department of Social Services and mental health, I participated in the evaluation, investigation and at times prosecution of hundreds of cases of alleged, and actual, child abuse — physical, psychological and sexual. It was a difficult but necessary job.

So I was pretty disgusted but not really surprised when our local congressman, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, publicly denounced people who advocated that school children wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19. He declared they were guilty of child abuse.

I believe I know a lot more than this inexperienced young man about child abuse. There may be legitimate questions about the usefulness, safety and comfort of mask wearing for school children. But, Mr. Cawthorn owes an immediate apology to the members of the Haywood County, Henderson County and Swain County school boards and all the other public officials who have made the difficult decision to move forward with masks mandates. 

Issues like masks and vaccinations should be discussed with decency, drawing upon current verifiable medical knowledge. Dragging the discussion into the gutter is unworthy of any public official. 

In Mr. Cawthorn’s recent letter to The Mountaineer, he condemned a letter writer for criticizing his response to the terrible flooding in Haywood County. I agree that now is the time to pull together and help our neighbors and not make political attacks. This means we pull together whether it’s dealing with the floods or combatting the pandemic. Child abuse is a terrible problem in our society. Accusing public figures of child abuse for considering a mask requirement is a new low. Child abuse is not an issue to misuse for making political statements to score cheap media headlines. 

Steve Wall


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  • You Biden supporters can go to hell. We won't forget Afghanistan and won't forget you voting for and supporting that piece of garbage. Steve Wall appears to be regularly featured in the Letters to the Editor section here. Why is that? He obviously is well connected to the Liberal scum that runs this half baked paper. Personally I think Wall is a Leftist idiot and I hope him and the rest of his useful idiot ilk (I'm referring to people like you Mary Curry) someday get a good dose of reality.

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Sunday, 09/05/2021

  • Hear hear Mr Wall. I too wish Rep Cawthorn would think before he speaks. I just don’t know if he has the ability to do so. Making inflammatory remarks in this day and age is a dangerous thing to do. Couldn’t believe it when he was elected. He needed to gain experience in politics with a less significant post.

    posted by Judith Vail

    Friday, 09/03/2021

  • Until This Steve Wall and Mary Curry denounce Congressional members Ilhan Omar, AOC and the rest of that crew, I don't wish to read or hear anything from you morons.

    posted by Frank Ciccarone

    Friday, 09/03/2021

  • Excellent explanation, Dr. Wall.
    Just one problem, the headline: Cawthorn is incapable of sane, reasoned thinking. He is too arrogant and willfully ignorant, and he is the dupe of evil forces who are intelligent.

    posted by Mary Curry

    Thursday, 09/02/2021

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