Whipping Man is a must see

To the Editor:

I just saw “The Whipping Man” at Murphys Theater and want to urge anyone who loves theater to rush out and go see one of its last four performances. Well written, with thoughtful and emotional content, and superb acting all around, I left the theater unable to speak. I hope you don’t miss it.

Stefani Reichle


What if?

To the Editor:

As we explore the wonders of presidential national emergency declarations, let’s consider the following sobering prospect. Imagine some future bright, sunshiny day in Washington, and the president (fill in the name) makes an announcement in the Rose Garden.

“My fellow Americans. First of all I would like to express my appreciation to former President Donald Trump, former Senator Mitch McConnell and the Roberts Supreme Court for making this moment possible. I am hereby declaring a national emergency due to the proliferation of gun violence in America, which I consider acts of terrorism. In order to address this emergency I am hereby ordering the surrender or confiscation of all assault weapons. I have subpoenaed the National Rifle Association membership list, and will require all members, as known weapons owners, to sign an affidavit swearing they do not possess assault weapons. Henceforth any person found in America in possession of such a weapon will be apprehended in accordance with the power granted under former President Barack Obama according to Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act under which those deemed enemy combatants can be held indefinitely until the cessation of hostilities without the right of habeas corpus. Please stay tuned for other national emergency declarations to be issued under my presidency whenever the heck I want to do something. Thank you, and good day.”

If it walks like a dictator, talks like a dictator and acts like a dictator, well, you know the rest. And it certainly isn’t smart to give power to someone who says that when he has it he can grab anything he wants, and expect people to let him do it.

Phil Nichols


An astounding play

To the Editor:

My wife and I went Saturday. We’re going again. This is an astounding play with a brilliant cast. There are layers and layers of meaning and feeling. It’s Passover 1865. The war is over. A badly wounded Confederate soldier returns to his nearly destroyed home and encounters his two (former) slaves.

The story unfolds against the background of their lives together before the war and secrets are revealed. We wept several times and can’t wait to see it again. Four more shows: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 2. At the resurgent Murphys Creek Theatre Company, a great gift to this community.

Michael Crich


Show me

To the Editor:

Saying something is so, doesn’t make it so. My grandmother came from Missouri and she always said “show me” to any assertion. There’s value in wanting evidence when someone says something is so.

Brennan, Gray and Rodefer assert the value of Larry Cope’s work but offer no evidence of the what or the how of the value. Where’s the substantiation of their claims of his accomplishments?

They gave him a five year contract renewal even as TCEDA was being investigated by the Grand Jury. Did they really not know who was really paying for all those meals they ate with Cope?

They increased his salary and budget each year even as they said the county could not afford to help the homeless or fix our roads, etc. and that they needed to cut county staff and reduce the budget for our library and our recreation programs. Really?

There is heated discussion over the need to build a wall to stop illegal border crossings on our southern border, but where is the evidence that this is the most effective way to address the issue? How is a wall more effective than electronic surveillance including drones, for example?

Saying something is so is not enough. Show me.

Ellen Beck