The last word

I’ve been following Teri Carter’s writings for at least two years now. She is intelligent, thoughtful, well-spoken, and tough as nails — and she is calling it quits regarding writing for her hometown paper. I don’t blame her. I’ve been so frustrated by such unthinking vehemence that I generally keep quiet. I don’t have the energy to put into battles with people who won’t listen and won’t think about anything outside their insular and immediate experiences. And I’m sad to lose her voice of reason in our increasingly embittered and dangerous world.

Teri Carter's Library

A letter to the editor and to the community:

I wanted to let you know I have written my last column for this newspaper. There are many reasons for my decision, not the least of which is that the risks finally, after 3 years, outweigh any reward.

In my Jan. 8 column, I asked a hypothetical question about guns and race, a question that has been in the mainstream, national dialogue since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee 1,068 days ago. A hypothetical, by definition, means “imagining a possibility rather than reality.” I have since learned that both law enforcement and the editor of this newspaper took my hypothetical as reality, as an accusation that was neither stated nor intended. A month later, none of these men has asked the one person who knows what she wrote and what she meant. That person is me.

I can take the threatening…

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