Letters to the editor — Nov. 11

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thank you for the votes

Thank you to all of the voters for electing me to represent you as the mayor of the Village of Clemmons. I am grateful that you have placed your trust in me, and I pledge to continue to work hard on your behalf in Clemmons. Together with a strong council and excellent staff, we want to continue to shape a community that reflects and stands up for core values of candor, civility and respect.

I am humbled and honored to be given this incredible opportunity. Let me assure you that this role is not about me, it is about the community and working together. The talent and perseverance of the town’s elected leaders and staff positions us to plan and execute ways to build a bright future.

— Mike Rogers
Village of Clemmons mayor-elect

Better-insulated buildings would help environment

For years, I have been hearing people complain about global warming. I am not concerned and have wondered why someone hasn’t done something because the solution is well known — at least to a few.

I am not concerned because vast areas of Alaska, Canada and Siberia could be brought into food production raising wheat, beets, etc. to feed a growing population. In addition, the more carbon dioxide we have in the atmosphere the better plants grow.

Part of the solution is to outlaw fireplaces. They are a hole bringing cold air into a living room, and many are used only three times a year. The main solution is to properly insulate our buildings. The government required all homeowners that wanted an FHA loan to have at least four inches insulation in the sidewalls. That was a beginning, but it didn’t go far enough. With eight-inch vertical studs and eight inches of insulation an enormous amount of oil, coal and gas would be saved and you could quit worrying about global warming.

When we lived in Toledo, Ohio, a friend described his home as having double walls. His heating bills were $125 per year. Properly insulated buildings would be a win-win for everyone. The lumberman would have more work and selling 2x8s rather than 2x4s. The insulation people would have more work and the homeowner would save an enormous amount on his heating bills.

— Gordon Mellish
Clemmons

Myocarditis is a serious condition

My comments to the Clemmons Village Council on Nov. 8:

I would like to share a story with you this evening.

On April 20, 1982, I went to school with a neighbor. Upon our return home that day, I went to the front door but found it locked. I rang the doorbell — no answer. I knocked — no answer.

My mother was away, but my father’s car was in the driveway. I went around back hoping to enter through the sliding glass door, but it was locked. The outside reflection on the glass obscured my view, so I pressed my face up against the door and scanned left and right into the upstairs den.

My father was lying on his back in the passageway between the den and the kitchen. I knocked repeatedly on the glass but he did not stir. I went next door to call an ambulance.

After the paramedics gained entry to the house, I followed them up the basement stairs, stepped around my father’s body, and sat on the couch while they examined him. The paramedics did not attempt CPR. He had died suddenly and alone earlier in the day, and it was too late. My next recollection is of them rolling his shrouded body out of the house and loading it into the ambulance as the neighbors looked on.

Myocarditis killed my father.

Medical authorities have acknowledged that myocarditis is a potential complication of COVID and a potential side effect of mRNA vaccines. Invariably they characterize myocarditis cases linked to the mRNA vaccines as “rare” and “mild,” a characterization that that media amplifies but does not critically examine.

According to the Journal Circulation, which covers cardiovascular health and disease, the Myocarditis Treatment Trial conducted in 1995 reported “mortality rates for biopsy-verified myocarditis of 20% at 1 year and 56% at 4 years.”

Common myocarditis signs and symptoms include chest pain, rapid or abnormal heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Symptoms in children include fever, fainting, breathing difficulties, rapid breathing and chest pain. Potential complications from myocarditis include heart failure, heart attack and sudden death.

Myocarditis is an extremely serious illness, particularly if it is not diagnosed and treated on a timely basis. In serious cases a heart transplant may be required to extend the life of the patient. Even for survivors, the effects can be life changing. In short, surviving myocarditis is “mild” in the same way walking away with your life from a head-on collision is “mild.”

As you know, the FDA and CDC recently approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for use in children as young as five. Before submitting yourself to a booster shot or your children to vaccination, I urge you to understand the risks, as is your right under the Nuremberg Code. You can learn more about myocarditis at myocarditisfoundation.org.

— Charles Sherrill
Clemmons