Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - March 22, 2008

Cockfighting bad for South's image

This letter is for Elizabeth Seagle in Smyrna. I just couldn't help but to respond to her letter. The fact is, the Inge Smith's of this world probably know more about Cockfighting than she does. Why? Because she cares about the animals and feels their pain when they suffer. She works nonstop to alleviate the suffering brought on by "upstanding" members of the community like Ms. Seagle.

If her definition of upstanding means she goes to church, just remember the road is narrow and few will enter the gates of Heaven. I doubt there will be a pickup truck at St. Peter's gate waiting to haul all the cockfighters and dogfighters up to the Big House!

Cockfighting is against the law, pure and simple. So, if cockfighters are such an asset to the community, why are they breaking the law? Why are they teaching the next generation that it is OK to pick and choose which laws they want to obey? Ms. Seagle says that for the most part the stereotype of a cockfighter being a redneck or a hoodlum is not true, but I disagree. I don't know any good people who could enjoy this kind of thing.

I know that roosters will kill each other every chance they get. I have chickens and have seen it happen. But I don't put spurs on them and throw them in to make them fight. I don't bet on them. I also don't support the way our livestock are raised for food in this country.

But to say it is OK to fight these birds (which is not a sport ), because of the food industry, just shows that two wrongs don't make a right. It is getting embarrassing to be from the South here lately, what with all the dog and cockfighting! Our forefathers did it, but that doesn't make it right. They also believed in slavery, and that wasn't right.

It's like this. You do what you know. When you know better, you do better. Shame on Elizabeth Seagle. She should know better!

Environment is a moral issue

In the article "Going Green," local Baptist pastors interviewed seemed dismissive when it comes to environmental issues. I believe their fear of engagement with this moral issue is off base. Caring for God's creation is an important religious issue.

Near my church, a hazardous site exists that DHEC is attempting to clean up. This site threatens the drinking water of nearby residents. I challenged the DHEC regulators at their community imput meeting "to do the moral thing" and be sure that their decisions cared for local residents and future generations tending the earth.

I would hope that the local pastors interviewed in the article would also stand up and speak to similar situations in their own communities.

Rev. Sam McGregor, Jr.

Allison Creek Presbyterian

Lake Wylie