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The Chronicle is dedicated to serving the
residents of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
by giving voice to the voiceless, speaking truth
to power, standing for integrity and
encouraging open communication and
lively debate throughout the community.
to vote and get
Michelle Obama is "The Closer." She worked in
that capacity on last Thursday when she came to
Winston-Salem to rally for Hillary Clinton. Clinton
was there, too.
The first lady gave a passionate call to arms in
making the case for Hillary Clinton. She gave her
family background and that of her husband,
President Barack Obama, and Clinton, the daughter
of an orphan and small businessman.
She touched the hearts of the Democratic base.
And she spoke about early voting.
"I want you all to crowd those places. I want you
to remember that folks protested for our right to vote.
They endured beatings for our right to vote."
It appears she could see the early voting site at
Forsyth Tech's Mazie Woodruff Center, on Lansing
Drive, that day.
"Are you with me? We're going to stand in line!
Go'let your voice be heard!"
At the Mazie Woodruff Center, that's what they
did, stood in line with an average waiting time of an
hour and a half.
(Other sites have recorded times from an hour to
It didn't seem to irritate people. In fact, it provid
ed several opportunities for people in line.
Two people caught up on the happenings at
Two others talked about family matters, although
it was not about their families.
Still others pulled their cell phones out and
looked at movies, checked email and talked to others
while waiting in line.
Some people talked about the voting process.
One man thought a sign said "Photo ID required,"
when it really said "No photo ID required." A person
in line pointed out that the "No" was blocked from
Roland Martin of the TV One network morning
show "News One Now" says bring your water and
anything else you need to, help you endure the lines.
The process appeared smooth last Thursday.
There were just a lot of people in line, and a hefty
ballot to go through. For early voting site informa
tion, go to
http://w w w.wschronicle .com/2016/ 10/early-voting
For those who plan to take advantage of early
voting now through Saturday, Michelle Obama
wants you to forge ahead.
"I urge you to please, please be encouraged ...
because we still live in the greatest country on this
earth," she said.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
in case of
Kalvin M. Smith
To the Editor:
Just when you think there can be
no more egregious errors in ROY
COOPER'S closet, there are more.
Cooper as attorney general has made
it a mission to relegate, turn back the
clock, and minimize Black justice in
He has "served" for 16 years in
this state, yet has not forwarded the
intent and outcome of justice for
Black men or other minorities. In
fact, he has established a mind set at
the SBI of collusion, misrepresenta
tion and outright falsehood that cost
Black men their freedoms.
Take the case of KALVIN
MICHAEL SMITH. His partisan
loyalties have never been more
apparent than the bumbling, fum
bling, incompetence of this case.
Justice is supposedly blind - obvi
ously, ROY COOPER IS ALSO! I'm
not an attorney; however, a law
degree is not essential to see there are
problems with this prosecution.
Since 2010 the attorney general
has stubbornly opposed Smith's
request for a new trial. Why? If jus
tice is your "expertise" it would seem
that a new trial would justify your
belief that justice was served, not
questioned. Mr. Cooper; what is
there to fear/hide/ to be denied. Let's
take a look at the case.
Kalvin Smith is "accused" of
severely beating a store employee in
1995. The Silk Plant Forest Citizens
Review Committee empanelled by
the Winston- Salem City Council
found that "the defendant should
receive a new trial after sitting in
prison for 15 years." No response or
action from Cooper.
They also found no credible evi
dence that Kalvin Smith was at the
Silk Plant store on Dec. 9, 1995, the
day of the beating. A former FBI
assistant director after completing his
own review agreed with the Citizens
Review Committee's recommenda
tion. No response or action from
The director (Chris Swecker),
went further to say the investigation
by the Winston-Salem police was
"woefully flawed and incomplete"
thus calling into question whether the
original jury rendered their verdict
based on all the relevant facts of the
case." No response or action from
One would think that justice is
blind; however, the people of
Winston-Salem, a historically
Democrat bastion who has helped
ROY COOPER win elections time
after time, have his number! The
reality of justice is that it's also tem
pered by politics.
ROY COOPER does not want to
review, revisit or respond to the
plight of Kalvin Smith.
If this is the type of "justice"
borne from 16 years of "service" to
North Carolina, we are all in trouble,
regardless of political leaning or
Kalvin Smith deserves a new
trial. North Carolina deserves a much
better effort from our elected consti
tutional officers such as Roy Cooper.
We all must be more diligent in the
pursuit of justice. I remember the
adage that applies here: "Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice every
where." - Martin Luther King Jr.
Vote no on
Jo the Editor:
This bond [put forth by Winston
Salem/Forsyth County Schools] will
not educate one child in Forsyth
County, but will continue to expand
the segregation of our children
according to their ZIP code and eco
It advocates building new
schools in areas where the student
population has been intentionally
inflated to show need, and no
schools where student population
has been intentionally decreased to
show no interest.
Our School Board, with the sup
port of our County Commissioners,
is continuing the over 20 year's mis
sion of the previous School Board;
to remove traditional schools out of
predominant communities of color;
to set up their concept of an educa
tional system; in other words
"Charter Schools" with strong focus
on Cook, Ashley, Winston Prep and
The message has been for neigh
borhood schools. However, schools
have been removed or closed in East
and Northeast Winston-Salem, the
most recent being Hanes-Lowrance
schools. Evidently, neighborhood
schools do not pertain to residents of
these two wards, considered to be in
the urban center.
This bond will not build one
new school in these two wards
where schools have been removed
or closed or close the technological
gap of the existing schools.
We as residents and taxpayers
are being asked to support and pay
for bonds that do not support and
will not build schools in our com
munities which are also in Forsyth
It has been over 20 years of this
and we can no longer continue to
vote for such bonds and Hope that
Fairness and Justice will be done.
We must vote to stop it here and
Fannie B. Rogers' last vote^
Recently while watch
ing television, I saw a
group of millennials being
interviewed about whom
they would vote for in the
upcoming election. Some
said Hillary Clinton, others
said Donald Tnimp, others
said they would vote for an
What bugged me was
one guy who said, "I'm not
voting" with a laugh and a
look on his face that
showed to me arrogance.
OK, smart guy, Clinton or
Trump could determine
what affects your life, job,
whatever you do. They can
mess with your world.
The statement took me
back 40 years ago on
Election Day in 1976 and
my late grandmother,
Fannie B. Rogers. She was
a well-informed individual.
She read newspapers,
books, the works.
She lived in an era
when segregation ruled and
poll taxes was the law in
Vitginia. My grandmother
was a domestic worker.
She was proud and God
fearing. In the fall of 1976,
she was battling cancer.
During that time, I was
working at my first news
paper job as a copy-runner
for The Richmond News
Leader. For me it was an
exciting job, to see how
putting out a newspaper
On Election Day 1976,
I voted and then went over
to see my grandmother. At
the time she was bedridden
and could not walk. She
told me she wanted to vote.
Along with other family
members, we took her to
the polls, where she voted.
Jimmy Carter and
Gerald Ford battled
through the night, with
Carter squeaking out a nar
My grandmother's con
dition continued to become
worse .She passed away on
Jan. 19, 1977, a daybefore
Carter was sworn in as
If my dying grand
mother could get out of her
sick bed and cast a vote,
why can't that young man
What's really your
cartoons for The Chronicle
Rob Roger* illustration for The Chronicle