I read with interest the letter to the editor (“Sources of Cooper’s funds concerning”) in the Oct. 20 issue of the Wilkes Journal-Patriot submitted by Andrew Palmer concerning the sources of Mike Cooper's campaign finances. Personally, I am not opposed to a candidate soliciting funds from outside the community. I also support candidates in other communities outside of North Wilkesboro. I know the candidates fairly well, some better than others, and I think highly of all of them. I noticed that several donors are employees of large organizations located outside of North Wilkesboro. No problem there. I am a Lowe's retiree.
However, Andrew does raise a legitimate question as to what interest a donor outside of North Wilkesboro has in a local mayoral election. Could it be an expectation of some future benefit to the donor on a larger scale? Of course, that's politics. Therefore, what specific larger interest does an employee of Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortions in the country, have in a community with a pro-life culture?
Notwithstanding the moral issue, Planned Parenthood is certainly not helping the economy in the current (and future) age of labor shortages. Has anybody noticed the "Help Wanted" signs on store fronts throughout Wilkes County. A contribution from an employee of Planned Parenthood raises a question in my mind as to Mike Cooper's position on the right to life of the unborn. I am satisfied with the positions of Marc Houser and Will Hamby. I think it would be very helpful to the voters of North Wilkesboro if Mike Cooper would make clear his position.
North Wilkesboro, N.C.