Letters to the Editor for week of Aug. 1
The editor: Peace be unto you. I would like to thank Bro. Franklin for his very candid perspective on race relations in our nation (Editor’s note: July 20 editorial). We have a tendency to want to dismiss the realities of life and retreat into the safe havens of our respective comfort zones. Denial is dangerous and destructive. Eventually, we have to address the cancers of our communities and the wars within ourselves. If we do not embrace these critical self-evaluations, we will slowly drift into a state of chaos that promotes an environment of hate and distrust that unravels the very fabric that makes us a community. Have you ever marveled at the innocence that children embrace one another with? Color, race, religion, socio-economic status, and ethnicity are often non-factors in a kindergarten class. But someone, somewhere, somehow plants a seed of separation that grows into a dandelion of division rooted in racism! Listen to God’s voice. A tree is deemed most beautiful during its burst of color illustrated during an autumn sunrise. And in the same voice, a landscape of nothing but white snow can blind the eyes, and a night sky void of stars and the moon can leave you lost in total darkness. From a spiritual perspective, chaos is of the enemy. For God is the orchestrator of order and demands order from all that love and honor Him. We also know God to be the illustrator of peace, for Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Thus, if we claim to be children of God, let us champion the cause of peace. In the Old Testament, 237 times “peace” is used and can be translated as “prosperity, well-being, health, completeness, and safety.” All characteristics we desire for ourselves, our families, our community, and our nation. Sixty times in the Old Testament “peace” expresses positive relations between friends, groups, and nations. This “peace” represents the absence of strife and expresses the spiritual characteristics of wholeness, and completeness, and harmony. Ultimately, “peace” means peace with God. Isaiah 26:3 shares that if God’s people keep their minds focused on Him, the Lord “will keep them in perfect peace.” Peace be unto you. Rev. Steven L. Evans Clinton, S.C. The editor: It is a shame that in this day and time, that a woman is not safe in her own home or walking her dog. I have been plagued by the problem with an unwanted admirer. The person I cannot name (due to his privacy). I have told this person to leave me alone several times in many ways. So, ladies, be careful of who you talk to. There is a chance you will not be able to get rid of him or her. The police can only do so much and restraining orders can only do so much and go so far. And the restraining orders do expire. And unless you have the money to move and change your life, you’re out of luck. Also, if the person does not have a previous record, there is not much you can do to keep the person from even moving into the same neighborhood or apartment complex. So, ladies, even if a person is a deacon in a church, a Shiner, an Eastern Star member or a Mason, or even the owner of a multimillion dollar company, he or she can be a sexual predator or an abuser (sexually). And it doesn’t matter if you are white or black, poor or well off. This can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime and anywhere. Even in a church or a synagogue or a mosque. Suzanne Kennington Clinton, S.C. The editor: Thank you Bobby (Meadors’ column in July 27 issue). I lived at Lydia during the 40s and early 50s and remember well the caste system and the sour oranges. Our pigs liked the oranges since no one could eat them. Thank you for remembering the mill villages as they were rather thru rose colored glasses the way other reporters do. Jan H. Franks Pennsville, N.J.