Scalawags and . . .

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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

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