Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - June 19, 2007

Dys satire full of stereotypes

Andrew Dys generally writes articles about inspiring people who are making a difference in our community. Occasionally, though, his satiric side comes out, and he writes something extremely inappropriate, as he did on Father's Day. His article focused on and encouraged all types of inappropriate stereotypes about deadbeat dads.

In the Lifestyles section of the same edition of your paper, Jennifer Becknell wrote an article about pictures The Herald had asked area children to draw of their dads. A much better and more positive article for Mr. Dys would have been to focus on one or two of those fathers, and ask the children to tell him what they admire and appreciate about their dad.

I know several of the men whose children drew portraits of them. Mr. Dys could have told about the dads who coach teams, lead Scout troops, take their children on camping trips, cook pancakes on Saturday mornings and sit through the ballet twice in one day, because that's what Dads do.

How much better to focus on positive role models in our community than to continue to encourage negative stereotypes.

Kathryn McGregor

Rock Hill

Dys painted wrong picture of fatherhood

Andrew Dys, while a satirist along the same vein as my favorite author, James Thurber, missed his mark this time. In his Father's Day column he is wrong in his conclusions regarding the male contributions to a family and a household. In the partnership of family, both participants -- whether they live under the same roof or not -- have equally demanding and important roles.

While the contributions of a mother and father may be different, neither is less demanding nor less significant than the other. Mr. Dys went a bit far in his broad, sweeping opinions on fatherhood. Yes, there are those who fit Mr. Dys' mold -- and such a mold should not be construed as gender specific -- but he does a major disservice in not celebrating the importance that a father contributes to those around him. Perhaps a little less satire and a little more appreciation would not have been remiss in his column this time.

Laura J. Mitchell

Rock Hill

Empty promises on immigration

James Werrell knows not of what he speaks in his column on immigration. Every law that we need to secure our borders and send illegal invaders back to their countries is already on the books. They just need someone with enough guts to enforce them! We do not need more empty promises in the form of a bill that is full of rewards and benefits for federal criminals who break laws to get here, and then steal and falsify identification and documents to steal money and benefits they did not earn. Many men and women have died to protect this great nation and what it stands for. They did not die to sell out their country to be taken over by law-breaking, non-English-speaking illegal aliens who think they have a right to be here, a right to all the benefits of an American citizen. They also believe that this is their land from hundreds of years ago and that they don't need our permission to be here.

Werrell and his constituents are in some very dangerous waters, and I think they are in way over their heads. These people are not grateful for anything. They are waving their Mexican flags while marching in protest and demanding their rights, stating that they built this country and that they don't need our permission to live here. They want to take over California, Arizona, New Mexico and southern Colorado, and make them part of Mexico. This is a real dream of many illegals, and even government representatives of Hispanic descent. This is a peaceful takeover attempt, and Werrell wants to hold the door open for them.

Shame on him for selling out his country for the benefit of corporate America. Listen to the millions of grass-roots Americans who know what's really best for this country.

Kevin P. Collins