Dear Editor,
Thank you for the Publisher’s Note following the story: Speaker takes a critical look at Critical Race Theory (July 8, 2021, pg.2). You cite the American Bar Association definition: CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. CRT is not training; it is a practice of interrogating, i.e. questioning.
Thank you for Nickels and Sense: Critical Race Theory: What it IS and is NOT (July 8, 2021 pg. 7). You offer excellent advice. Let’s sit back and learn, ask difficult questions, form conclusions based on reason and fact, not political talking points.
Like you, I read a lot. I agree there is a minefield of ignorance out there. I’ve begun investigation claims regarding CRT. Is it Marxist, Maoist, covert, a violation? The source you suggest, Brookings Institution, offers this clear definition of CRT: a field of inquiry asking questions about our social institutions.
Why silence discussion about race and racism in society?
Esther Bejarano, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp who used the power of music to fight antisemitism and racism in post-war Germany, died last week at age 96. According to her published obituary, while addressing young people in Germany and beyond, Bejarano would say, “You are not guilty of what happened back then. But you become guilty if you refuse to listen to what happened.”

Susan Morrisroe
Barnett

Dear Editor,
In the recent article on the new proposed building codes, I was quoted on being asked if “everything had to be on 2-foot centers with sheeting.” I think this misrepresented what was asked and I wanted to clarify.
This question, at first glance and potentially taken out of context, may seem to indicate that I’m asking if you can either frame a structure with studs more than 2 foot on center or if sheeting is even needed at all. I’ve personally never built a house with stud framing more than 16 inches on center.
Many questions were asked by me (as were by others) pertaining to the new proposed building codes, but in this particular instance I was asking if sheeting was going to be required on every structure or residence regardless of siding material.
The question was brought up in direct correlation to metal roofing and siding. A common practice with metal roofing – and per manufacturers recommended installation specs – is you can run 2×4 purlins horizontally on your rafters (or stud framing if using for siding) every 2 feet to use as a structural backing to overlay the metal which results in a very strong and sturdy structure.
I was not asking if you could build a structure with more than 24 inches on center studs, as I have never personally built anything on 2-foot centers for stud framing (aside from a clubhouse for my girls) nor do I intend to do so in the future. Thank you.

Michael Garber
Versailles