To the editor:
It is abundantly clear that our freshman N.C. Sen. Jim Burgin has so soon lost touch with the people of Harnett. Perhaps the drive from Harnett to the North Carolina General Legislature is too much for him resulting in what can only be described as a serious lapse in judgment.
He and his cohort, Brian Avery, have conspired to heap hate on Harnett’s citizens by looking to install the memory of yet another defeated ghost in the heartland of the county. The specter known as “Silent Sam” and all he symbolizes must not be given ground here to darken the future of Harnett racial unity, business development and education.
Sam had been vanquished by those whom he had haunted the longest, the students of UNC-Chapel Hill, Orange County. Now Mr. Avery and Sen. Burgin want to go plant that hateful symbol in the middle of one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
You will reap what you sow. Plant that statue of hate and division and that is what you will reap. Similarly they could plant seeds of love and progress, like a tuition-free community college education.
Let us all help Sen. Burgin and the leadership of the county remember that Harnett County wants to harvest love and progress. No hate in Harnett.