Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - September 12, 2007

This is not time to give up in Iraq

Why am I not surprised at the editorial in Sunday's Herald regarding observation of the anniversary of 9-11? It seems since we have have lost 3,000 of our brave soldiers in this war on terror against these Islamic cowards, the score is settled and we should tuck in our tails and run home. News flash: We still have men and women on the battlefield fighting for our freedom. How dare you suggest that we ring bells and observe a moment of silence on 9-11 to observe that infamous day!

Sir Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events."

John Stuart Mill said, "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance at being free unless made and kept so by the exerting of better men than himself."

My suggestion to you folks at The Herald is that you go down to Oakland Avenue and join the protesters and hold up your "I surrender" placards, sing "Kumbaya" and kiss a pig for good measure! But, as for me and Sir Winston, we say, "Never, ever, ever, ever give up!" I will never forget how bin Laden and his gutless thugs spit in our faces, drew the line in the sand and double-dog dared us to retaliate. May God help us if we ever forget that day.

Jeff Fairfax


We all should protest realignment

Thank you to The Herald for shedding light on the unfair realignment of Rock Hill and South Pointe high schools into the Columbia area sports league. Now it's time for parents to take action! For starters, I suggest that PTOs from all schools in Rock Hill (yes, even elementary) get involved immediately. Families must be thoroughly informed, and signatures must be gathered from unhappy parents.

The perfect time for both is at each upcoming school open house, many of which are planned this week. We must join together and bombard the South Carolina High School League Committee with our displeasure. We must show them that we will not accept their absurd realignment, as it is wrong for our kids and our community! Don't delay, voice your opinion by contacting Jerome Singleton, executive director of the state high school league. His address is 121 W. Park Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210. His e-mail is jsingle@schsl.org.

Maura M. Couch

Rock Hill