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Letters to the editor — Dec. 12

Clemmons Elementary PTA fundraiser a success

On Nov. 8, the Clemmons Elementary PTA wrapped up the Professor Pride’s Pirate Adventure Fundraiser. We wanted to thank all our CES students, families and teachers for their support and excitement during the week. The fundraiser was very successful and we are excited about our plans for the year 2019-2020. Some of the initiatives this campaign will help fund are: three different online resources for students, author visits for the students, technology repairs for the school, teacher reimbursements for classroom supplies, luncheon for all the teachers/staff approximately once a month, host at least five free events for the students, and so much more. In addition, one of our big plans is to buy a new playground for the school. Our current playground is more than 18 years old, has broken pieces, and is in dire need of replacement. We have 800 children at the school and they really deserve a fun space to play and exercise during recess. We are hoping that with help from some members of the community we can wrap this up and make the playground a reality for the school. Thank you for your support, Clemmons!

— Emily Dockery
Clemmons Elementary PTA president

Christmas Treasure Sale a success

We would like to say thank you to all who were involved in the Christmas Treasure Sale at Clemmons Moravian Church on Saturday, Dec. 7. It was a wonderful success. We appreciated all the support from the Clemmons community and beyond. This year, we made $3,848. In thanksgiving for all our blessings and considering the great needs of others, we are donating $3,300 to the Clemmons Food Pantry. Many thanks to all who made this possible.

Christmas treasures are gently used items that are too good to throw away but are no longer being used and are taking up space in your attic or garage. Let us help you with that. As you put your Christmas decorations away this year, label a box for the 2020 sale. It is usually the first Saturday in December and we accept donated items each day the week before.

— The Christmas Sale committee
Clemmons Moravian Church

Walters to run for District 10

Ralf Walters of Winston-Salem filed his notice of candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives for North Carolina’s District 10 for the Republican primary on March 3, 2020. Newly redrawn District 10 includes Forsyth, Yadkin, Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Iredell, Catawba and Lincoln counties.

“We live in perilous times. Rancorous civil unrest from main street to the halls of Congress is deafening. Many of our elected “leaders” in Washington have promised for decades to solve the pressing issues that are dividing our nation today, but rather than take a firm stand to make those tough decisions, they did nothing in their greater desire to become career politicians. Kicking the can down the road is no longer possible. We are at a dead end overlooking a cliff,” Walters said.

“Because the political discord is also local, the map of North Carolina’s 13 Congressional Districts has been batted back and forth between the courts and state legislature as in a tennis match. At the last minute on the first day of filing, the current District 10 map was approved. Unfortunately for several counties that were formerly in District 5 led by Rep. Virginia Foxx and District 6 Rep. Mark Walker, they are no longer represented by these strong and decisive leaders. Instead, I and others now find ourselves living in the newly configured 10th district without their strong leadership,” Walters said.

“In announcing my candidacy to represent all eight counties in District 10, I do not intend to re-invent the wheel, but I do plan to bring fresh ideas and spirit in the battle to uphold conservative principles in Washington. I intend to follow in the footsteps of Rep. Mark Walker and Virginia Foxx. Walker’s spirited support of President Donald Trump and his stand against the impeachment coup by Democrats to overthrow the 2016 election is inspiring. Virginia Foxx in her tireless and stellar record in providing excellent constituent services, especially to veterans is emblematic. I look forward to a robust debate with my primary opponents!”

Walters said returning power to state and local governments is best for North Carolina citizens.

“The contempt for hard-working North Carolina taxpayers who pay the bills must end. A smaller, less bloated federal government that transfers power back to the states and local control is what’s best for North Carolina’s citizens, small business owners, industries, farmers and workers,” Walters said. “My entire professional career has been about customer-service, whether serving business clients or individual customers. As 10th District U.S. Representative in Congress, I will especially fight hard for the proud and resilient citizens and business owners who reside in U.S. House District 10, its eight counties as well as all of beautiful North Carolina from the Outer Banks to the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

Appointed by Forsyth County commissioners in 2015, Walters served a three-year term on the Forsyth County/Winston-Salem Emergency Management Council. In 2012, he served as communications director for the Forsyth County Republican Party. Beginning in 2008, he has served as a Republican poll observer, Republican judge and chief judge in primary and general elections.

Correction to letter

Avery Church’s letter of last week should have read 99.9% and not 99%, protective shield and not proactive shield, ultra-violet radiation and not ultraviolet radiant rays. And in the last paragraph, Homosapiens sapiens to indicate that peoples today are all members of the same sub species.