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Letters to the Editor - June 16

June 16, 2013

Finish the job of Medgar Evers


To the editor:

Mississippi’s tireless civil-rights worker, Medgar Evers, was killed 50 years ago. An assassin’s bullet mortally wounded Evers in front of his home, leaving a widow and depriving three children of their father. Ku Klux Klan member Byron De La Beckwith was charged with the murder, but it wasn’t until 1994 that he was convicted. 

De La Beckwith died in prison at age 80. Evers, a WWII veteran, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

In June of 1963, I was a college student working at a summer camp. The Evers murder made such a fleeting impact on me that I’m certain I merely noticed the news but not the implication.  Two years later, after entering medical school, civil rights, desegregation, and the absurd cruelty of the Jim Crow laws exploded into my consciousness. 

I grew up in segregated public schools, had matriculated through a major, albeit, southern college, the University of Kentucky, and had entered an all-white, predominately-male class of medical students. The system had deliberately programmed me to become a racist.

I am shamed to say that I did not realize that until reaching a certain level of compassion. It took a black physician with whom I was friendly to open my eyes to the insult of a then-popular necktie emblazed with tiny Confederate flags. Mine went, slashed, into the trash.

Subsequently, I have had African-American medical students, colleagues, professors, role models, employees, friends, patients and parents — all good people. 

They wordlessly but continually remind me of all the horrors of racism — the Evers murder, the King assassination, the killings of multi-racial civil rights workers, and the lynchings. (I personally knew Michael Donald, lynched in Mobile, Ala., by Klansmen in 1981. His aunt was my office employee.)  

Poverty and wealth inequality and voter suppression tactics, and ridiculous racial innuendo about our legitimate president, and continued harping about immigrants of color, etc. etc. prove racism remains a virulent and apparently permanent American character flaw. 

A fatal virus going strong after four centuries that makes members of one race want to deny the humanity of others. I’m glad that virus never infected me!

Let us now complete the unfinished work of Medgar Evers.


M. Douglas Becker
Hagerstown



Council has a terrible attitude toward business


To the editor:

The stadium project has become nauseating at times due mostly to the actions or rather inactions of some of our current administration. Most recently is the gross misrepresentation of our city in response to the possibility that we may lose the Suns, and along with it the opportunity of an impactful development of our city’s core. 

Councilwoman Penny Nigh’s response, “let him go, I have no problem with that” is despicable and shameful and quite frankly she should be embarrassed to call herself a leader. 

Regardless of personal differences with the Suns’ ownership, telling a business that has a substantial economic impact within our city to leave is deplorable.  Will her next move be to tell Volvo Powertrain or Citi to pack it up? Luckily for our community these businesses are outside of the city limits and thus outside her scope of influence.

This repeated stubbornness and inaction shows a true lack of leadership when this current administration was elected to carry us forward. For this administration to say it is concerned with future expenditures and a budget shortfall is near-sighted and feeble minded. How do we expect to overcome these potential obstacles when you are unwilling to compromise in the present to achieve something great for our future?

This isn’t about the Suns; it’s about the potential for something really big for the City of Hagerstown. 

Something that generations of families for years to come will be able to enjoy. It’s about generating development, growing businesses, and increasing employment. This is about cleaning up our streets and bringing a sense of civic pride back to an area that once was a thriving community. It’s about doing all of these things now so that in the future we will have a solid economic base to cure those potential expenditures and shortfalls. 


Paul Corderman
Hagerstown



Two wrongs can’t deny a right


To the editor:

In response to government spying on all our phone calls some people have said to me, “Why do I care? I have nothing to hide. So what if the government is tapping into everything we do?” Obama says, “We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.”

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution says. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Obama is saying that a secret court has determined that all Verizon customers are criminal suspects, including me. That is just plain crazy on its face.

Obama and the members of Congress took an oath that includes, “I do solemnly swear that I will ...  preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” That oath has now been broken by the president and every member of Congress who supports government by secret courts and secret laws.

So an answer like “I have nothing to hide” misses the point. I don’t recall anything in the Constitution that says that you can amend the Constitution by deciding to ignore it. I don’t recall a rule that says that if a Republican president and a Democrat president both break the same law that the law becomes nullified.

What they are doing is declaring that the Constitution itself, the document upon which all laws are founded, is void. Without the rule of law and the Constitution the America we knew no longer exists.


Marc Perkel
Gilroy, Calif.

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