Scalawags and . . .
I was troubled to see the use of a politically and historically charged term from the Reconstruction era — “carpetbagger” — in an article about political engagement in Virginia [“Activist ‘carpetbaggers’ travel to swing Va. races,” Metro, Oct. 28]. The use of this term degraded the hard work of volunteers on all sides who have devoted their limited time and energy to enliven our elections and combat the growing influence of dark money in our politics. We know full well that without robust participation, democracy dies. Christopher Van Alstyne, Rockville