Letters to the Editor - 10/2

October 02, 2004

A track is a track

To the editor:

I'd like to thank Tara Reilly for her objective and accurate reporting of the concerns of the many residents recently expressed to the Washington County Commissioners regarding the "dirt bike track" on Wagaman Road. As I read, I'm not sure I understand the comments of the County Attorney Richard Douglas.

According to the article, "Douglas hesitated to call the Wagaman Road property an actual track, saying it could just be an area that wore out from dirt bike and ATV use."

Has Mr. Douglas ever seen the so-called track? First of all, traffic on the "track" has not been limited to just dirt bikes and ATVs, hence the noise. Secondly, since I'm not a rocket scientist, could he answer this question for me: If the "track" was just an area that wore out from dirt bike and ATV use, how (and why) did the ramps get there?


Teddi Garrison


Battle flag isn't racist

To the editor:

The flap over the Confederate Battle Flag is not quite as simple as Richard Anderson and the nation's race experts would like to make it. They want us to believe that the flag is a racist symbol. Yes, racists have used the flag, but racists have also used the Bible and the U.S. flag. Should we get rid of the Bible and lower the U.S. flag?

Though it's not politically correct for our history books to report, black slaves and free blacks were among the men who fought and died heroically for the cause of the Confederacy. Professor Edward Smith, director of American studies at American University, says "Stonewall" Jackson had 3,000 fully-equipped black troops scattered throughout his corps at Antietam - the war's bloodiest battle.

Smith calculates that between 60,000 and 93,000 blacks served the Confederacy in some capacity. These black Confederates no more fought to preserve slavery than their successors fought in WWI and WWII to preserve Jim Crow and segregation. They fought because their homeland was attacked.

Richard Anderson, black civil rights activists and their white liberal supporters who are attacking the Confederate Battle Flag have committed a deep, despicable dishonor to our patriotic black ancestors who marched, fought and died for the Confederacy. They don't deserve this dishonor.

Think about these random quotes from columnist Charley Reese: "Nobody has the right to censor American history...Nobody has the right to insult the memory of those who died for a noble cause...There is no such thing as a 'right to be not insulted'...There is nothing about feelings in the Bill of Rights...The people I have a problem with are whites who, scared somebody might 'cause a problem,' kiss the foot of any wandering demagogue who says, 'I don't like that historical symbol. It offends me. Take it away'...Life is too short to spend it in the company of cowards...The Confederate battle flag never flew over a slave ship for a single day..."

Freedom and truth are at stake. The truth about the flag's meaning is that it represents the noble effort of the South to resist the federal government's unconstitutional efforts to subjugate sovereign states and is the preeminent symbol of resistance to tyranny worldwide.

The time is past due for us to think for ourselves and quit allowing the media, Hollywood, the educational establishment and the current orthodoxy to do our thinking for us.

The Confederate Battle Flag is not a racist symbol, and there can be peace and harmony by respecting each other's heritage.

John Christensen

Cassville, Mo.

Only complete with spirituality

To the editor:

Most of us are aware of our physical needs (nutrition, sleep, exercise). Most of us are aware of our emotional needs (support from family and friends). In my opinion, a smaller percentage who know of their physical and emotional needs are aware of their spiritual needs.

I believe it is important to recognize the existence of a higher being. The beauty of the earth did not just happen by accident. The creativity of the human mind in music, literature, art and many other disciplines did not just happen by accident.

I recently had a friend tell me she had developed a philosophy to always look to the future and not dwell on the past. I think that is very sound advice. If we believe a higher being is in control and trust in his or her control, we can feel secure no matter what happens.

This person who advised me to look to the future has had much pain and loss in her life, but has developed a spirituality that allows her to be giving and caring to many people. I am fortunate to be close to many people with similar beliefs.

Just as emotional support is strengthened by sharing, spiritual support is strengthened by discussing and sharing how you have proceeded on your spiritual journey.

I believe even those individuals who say they do not believe in a higher being are on a spiritual journey. I believe we are only complete as individuals when our physical needs, our emotional needs and our spiritual needs are all addressed.

Meredith Fouche


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