Letters to the editor - Saturday (7-20-2013)

  • Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:20 a.m.

Think whites don’t riot? Take a look at history

In response to letters from Mr. Younts and Hoffman, yes, white people do riot. If you ask the hundreds who were killed in the 1921 Tulsa and 1923 Rosewood riots, they may say differently.

If you ask the civil rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Bloody Sunday” in 1965, they may say differently. If you ask those who faced angry mobs that had to be controlled by the National Guard at the University of Alabama and Ole Miss just for trying to get an opportunity at an equal education, they may say differently.

If you could ask those in the iconic videos suffering at the end of fire hoses and in the grips of the teeth of police dogs being egged on by equally angry citizenry, they may disagree with you.

I would suggest you talk to the mother of Emmett Till and the widow of Medgar Evers and then make glib remarks about responses to our system of justice. I guarantee your response will then be crickets. Instead of taking to a forum to debase an entire culture and hurl incendiary remarks that have no redeemable value in healing wounds and bringing people together, try to understand the motivation for why people feel it necessary to take to the streets in the face of repeated judicial injustices. And we wonder why the divide between the races will never lessen?

— Kenneth L. Hardin


Medicare worth celebrating

July 30 of this year marks Medicare’s 48th anniversary. I want to remind everyone how important this program is to seniors 65 and over.

Medicare has kept millions of people from falling into poverty; its overhead is below 2 percent, and the vast majority of seniors prefer it over private insurance. Any cuts to Medicare, masked as “savings” by Congress and the president, should be off the table.

Instead, to celebrate 48 years of the country’s most important program, we should improve and expand Medicare to everyone living in the United States. Medicare-for-all would save the country over $400 billion a year, provide universal coverage and eliminate the wasteful private insurance industry’s enormous profits and CEO bonuses.

— Gary Lineberger


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