Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 1, 2007

Use discretion when talking about others

Bill Bennett, a leading advocate for self control, integrity and honesty in government, turns out to be a degenerative gambler. Rush Limbaugh, promoter of stiff punishment for drug users, is found to a painkiller addict. Ted Haggarty, an evangelical minister who is strongly against the gay agenda and supports a pro heterosexual lifestyle, is found to have solicited male prostitutes and snored crystal meth. Congressmen Mark Foley, a child protection advocate, is revealed to be a predator of young male pages.

I bring this up because each of the above sat in judgment and condemmed others only to see themselves brought down by their own demons. I say this because I read of a preacher who revealed the personal lifestyle of a member to his congregation. I wonder what gave the preacher the right to reveal anything without at least speaking to the person in question privately about his concerns. I wonder how that preacher would feel if his demons are revealed for all to see.

We have become a nation that has forgotten about the virtures of understanding, compassion and forgiveness. Too many of us sit in judgment of others while living in a glass house so thin a pebble could bring it down. One day those people will be at the pearly gates. They will be judged as they have passed judgment on others.

The time has come for us as a community to stop looking down at one another. We need to look directly at each other and come to the realization that "there but for the grace of God go I." By saying it you understand that any change in circumstances, a decision or fate, and you could be that person you are looking at. It is humbling and makes you approach all people with respect.

So, the next time you feel compelled to speak ill of someone, think about what someone could say about you. My mom used to say, "God don't like ugly and is not real particular about pretty." If you haven't anything good to say, then say nothing at all.

Vincent A. Blackwell

Rock Hill

Reporting record was insensitive

I did not know Mr. Boulware, the young man who was shot to death on Kimbrell Street. However he was a human being, a mother and father's child, a friend and loved one to others, who will surely be missed. Prayerfully, his friend, Ms. Jones will recover.

It was very, very disrespectful and insensitive to the families and loved ones for a drug conviction from 2006 to even be mentioned in the story of this tragic incident.Writers and editors at The Herald, please have a heart and respect in your articles. Sure, you want to sell papers but not at the expense of loved ones who are hurting enough.

I have seen this occur in countless articles. Other subscribers to your paper have also noticed this and are not pleased.

Again, pray for our lost young people and have a heart, Herald.

Rosa Beckham

Rock Hill