Columnist calls names rather than trying to understand others
I write today to congratulate the all-knowing, all-seeing [columnist Rick] Blatchford, as he follows the current trend of calling names rather than attempting to understand opposing points of view. You see, by his definitions, I think I would be in that faction of Americans that he refers to as “leftist,” “shamers,” “unintellectual” and “snowflakes.”
I have participated in American Democracy since I was 14 years old. I have given of my “time, treasure and talents” to further what I believe is the true meaning of our Democracy. I stand up proudly to salute those heroes of the Normandy invasion who saved our Democracy so that I have the right to express my opinions. While I opposed some of our more recent battles, I honor anyone who made the sacrifices to do what their country asked of them. Make no mistake; others have the absolute right to disagree with my opinions. But no one has the right to say that I love my country any less than they do. My America has always been great. But, like any nation, she has flaws. My great-grandmother could not vote. To this day, there are those who think they should participate in the most intimate decisions a woman ever has to make.
The most ridiculous part of Mr. Blatchford’s writings, however, is his rant about slavery. First, he goes into detail to tell us that it has always existed. That is hardly an excuse for its inclusion in a nation that was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal.” Then he points out that no other civilization has ever fought so fiercely to end slavery. But then he doubles back to say that some recent changes in how we recognize the Civil War are reminiscent of the Taliban removing art.
I submit that the decisions to change the names of parks, streets and schools in our towns and cities is simply respectful of those whose ancestors were the victims of this hideous practice and the Jim Crow era that lasted much longer. We can remember our past without paying homage to those who did everything in their power to destroy the true purpose of America. We can relegate them to the museums where they belong and make way for the celebration of heroes who dedicate themselves to the true spirit of our nation. That is the way to inspire future generations of Americans to do what is right and necessary to perpetuate the American Dream.
Corynne B. Courpas
It’s in America’s interest to be there for the downtrodden
Well-written piece this Saturday morning, Rick Blatchford. Now stop moaning and get busy thinking and let your next piece lead with real problem-solving as if you and I were going to live for another 25, 50 or 100 years because, you know what? The world's generations who will live beyond us deserve freedom, security, clean air, equal access to healthcare and knowledge resources and opportunity, as you and I have enjoyed. And, yes, today's babies the world over deserve to live at least as long as you and I have.
In this shrinking world with the internet bringing knowledge into the most remote hamlets, those who have lived with their children in the dark of long, terror-filled nights of hunger, poor health, early death, violence and slavery are seeking a new day from oppression just like Americans who fought for independence and freedom in 1776. Their fight for the good life may not be easy to get used to for you and me, but, look, the British are still complaining and look how far America has come and led to make a better world.
Like America did with the Marshall Plan after WWll, we need to be creative and be there for the downtrodden today because it's in our nation's own self-interest to bring the rest of the world along with us into a worldwide era of equality, democracy, freedom, security, healthcare, education, good nutrition, clean air and jobs that will provide them with the means to support themselves and their children. Bill Kennedy in a recent column talked a about being old farts. I'd like to think of us as “Old Dudes.” And wise old dudes at that.
Go ahead, Rick, allow yourself to dream of what the world can become. In the old-fashioned can-do spirit of America we can get out of that rocking chair in front of the screen and start things rolling as our nation did in post-WWll Europe. And we must encourage the young-ins to do the same. Put your phones down, young-ins, for crying out loud, and look up and see the real life beauty that surrounds you and offer a hand. Like Rick and me, you only will still live once.
Smile, say hello, shake a hand, lend a hand to a stranger, young, old, grouchy, or just plain different from you and me and let's turn this gull dang world around to the day when neighbors talked to one another ... even if their politics or religion or non-religion do not match ours. What do you say, Rick? If our Republican Gov. Larry Hogan can do it, this Carroll County liberal says so can the rest of us.
John D. WitiakUnion Bridge