Letters to the editor – Tuesday (7-14-15)
Maybe this discussion will open more doors
Elizabeth Cook’s column during the last week of June on “Mother Emanuel” gave insight to a varied entity that may or may not affect an individual’s life. Her thoughtful way of including a number of issues perhaps brought recalibration of thought to many readers who are mature in age. One outstanding element was the recognition that most folk have an appreciation for life and the ability to live life to the best of their ability and creativity to meet the demands of life.
Just maybe there will be more doors opened so that people may fully understand the simple concept of putting on pants, regardless of color or birthplace; it is still done the same way, one leg at a time. Perhaps a full realization of basic needs of all is necessary for progress to continue.
I agree, this should be a turning point, not only for Charleston, S.C., but for all cities, towns, villages and hamlets to have a thorough overhaul to see where their shortfalls are and how realistic changes may occur to enhance the life of all dwellers. Redemption is needed for all.
Ecclesiastes 8:15: “So, I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat, drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days God has given him under the sun.”
— Clara W. Corry
Ancestors matter, too
The current debate about the Confederate flag and Civil War monuments has fueled hasty and emotional decisions. History cannot be changed. We all learn from our previous mistakes and that is what makes us stronger as a nation.
Discriminating always involves two parties, but when you attempt to right a wrong you will at times create reverse discrimination. Let’s remember, brave Confederate soldiers’ lives matter, as well as their descendants.
— Gary Veach
First the flag, then what?
If my memory serves me correctly, and I’ll admit it doesn’t always, it began when someone was offended because Bible classes were taught in school. They took them away. Then it was the Ten Commandments and nativity scenes in public places. They took them away.
Now it is the Confederate flag. They are trying to take it away. What’s next? The American flag, the rainbow flag, or maybe the MLK Memorial or the Lincoln Memorial?
If we keep eliminating everything that offends someone, we won’t have any history or heritage left. When are we going to learn to live together and accept the fact that what means something to one person might not to another, but that is life. If we keep taking away everything meaningful to someone, even if it is not meaningful to us, what we are then left with?
— Linda Taylor
Yes, discussion is needed, and I applaud our Salisbury City Council for its recognition of this need. In email exchanges... read more