Letters to the editor - Wednesday (8-28-2013)

  • Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:48 a.m.

Salisbury can take a lesson from Charlotte festival

Earlier this year the Salisbury City Council was asked to issue a proclamation celebrating Salisbury Pride Day, thus showing our state that we were a caring and diverse city. No way! responded our leaders, it would be inappropriate.

Recently the city of Charlotte held it’s Charlotte Pride Festival with great success and money spent in the uptown. Mayor Patsy Kinsey spoke at the festival and commented Charlotte would embrace diversity and that the city needed this.

The mindset of the Salisbury city leaders is that of poor information and fear of doing what is right. Maybe it’s time we take a lesson from our sister cities; love has a way of making things right.

— Mark Williams


Letters hit home

I enjoyed the recent letters from Robert E. Fisher (“Just be patient”), W.F. Owens (“Nation’s drug laws need to be enforced”) and Jim L. Younts (“Nation’s downfall”).

My husband is a retired Army man who served three tours in Vietnam. The military has changed, and I am so ashamed of it. I do not understand North Carolina, which passes laws but doesn’t enforce them. Regarding the ACLU, it needs to feed money to its lawyers. God has been taken out of everything. We are Christians.

— Catherine Sommers


What would MLK advocate?

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.

He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, gay rights and animal rights.

Yes, animal rights. Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam War. And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals in America’s factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King went to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America — African-American sanitation workers. Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America — animals raised for food, experiments, and entertainment.

Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice and nonviolence to non-human animals, his wife Coretta Scott King and his son Dexter Scott King did, by embracing the vegan lifestyle. A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.

— Sidney Piper


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