Steve King has a friend in Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert

Rep. Steve King of Iowa is a blatant racist who has, time and again, shown his disdain for any race that is not Caucasian. For his repeated lip-locked racist statements he was recently stripped of his House committee assignments and verbally slapped by key GOP leaders and colleagues.

King said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

How did blatantly racist terms like “white supremacist” become offensive? Seriously?

It is no surprise that First District Congressmwm Gohmert, by his lonesome, supported King in his claim that his message supporting white people over other races was taken out of context.

First, Gohmert always plays to those in his district who share his jaded, slanted, divisive view of the world in which we live and the people with whom we share it. Secondly, if Gohmert believes that questioning why terms promoting the superiority of the white race over others is wrong, then he is either, at best, clueless, or, at worst, is himself a proponent and enabler of racism.

Either way, he does not deserve to hold the valued position of trust representing all the folks in East Texas.

In this incredibly divisive political climate in which we find ourselves, if we do not stand up for what we know in our heart is right, then we are condoning the behavior of those who seek to divide us by skin color, religion, gender, political party and any other prejudices you can name.

We are better than that. I know we are. But now is the time to stand up for what is right and stand four-square against the beliefs, theories and abjectly stupid statements and actions of those who battle to capture the hearts and souls of our lesser selves and further divide us from our neighbors.

— George S. Smith, Sutton, Arkansas, and former Marshall resident

Thanks, Mike

Even though I took the opportunity to go say it in person, I’d like to publicly thank Mike McMurry for everything that he did while he was Harrison County’s elections administrator.

Mike has always been patient and diligent in his job, and in the hectic times of an election, he’s remained calm and helped to keep everyone, and everything organized so that the electoral process works smoothly. If you never had the chance to sign up for voter registrar or poll worker training, then you missed one of the better educational experiences you could have had. Mike did a fantastic job in explaining everything in an easy to follow manner.

Whoever our next administrator is, I hope they’re half as good as Mike. Stay safe, and enjoy the new job.

— Jonathan McCarty, Marshall