Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - December 19, 2008

What is Obama afraid of?

James Werrell's Dec. 12 column, "Tracking down Obama's birth certificate," makes light of attorney Phillip Berg's lawsuit. Berg alleges that Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya, meaning he is not a "natural born" U.S. citizen and thus not eligible to be president of the United States.

Werrell stated, "I thought conservatives didn't like judicial activism," regarding actions by the Supreme Court. For the record, Berg is a Democrat. His suit against Obama was dismissed in a Pennsylvania federal court, not for lack of credibility, but on the technicality that (according to the court) Berg lacked "standing" to bring a suit on a "presidential matter."

Berg, who is licensed in the federal courts, has appealed his case to the Supreme Court, a fact Werrell forgot to mention.

Obama and the Democratic National Committee have failed to produce documents and even filed motions with the court to dismiss Berg's suit rather than produce a "certificate of live birth," which shows where the birth occurred, signed by a medical doctor. This is a long way from the "Hawaiian birth certificate" Obama claims is real, which, under the laws in 1961, could be applied for up to one year after the birth, without the signature of a doctor.

If Obama is a "natural born" U.S. citizen, why wouldn't he just produce the document and end this controversy? Why not indeed?

Berg filed his suit in August of 2008, not after the election. Werrell says we need the "institutionalized press" (meaning himself) to ferret out what is real and unreal. He refers us to factcheck.com as the source of all truth.

I say factcheck.com is not under oath. It is not subject to the laws of perjury and cross examination this issue demands.

I believe Phillip Berg is an honorable man who is risking his very life for our constitution. I believe Obama is running scared of him, but for the news blackout being conducted on this issue by the corporately owned and establishment-controlled Eastern seaboard liberal press.

William G. Carter


Community opened heart to family

We would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone who came, worked, organized and donated to the benefit held at Durango Bagel for our son Hudson, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. We were so overwhelmed with those individuals who not only knew us personally but also those who we had never met before. A special thank you to Wayne and Polly Wingate who graciously opened the doors of their restaurant for this cause. Josh and I feel so lucky to have such a supportive community who stands behind us.

Thank you.

Josh, Elicia and Hudson Miller

Rock Hill

The world is troubled

With all the violence, pain and poverty on the one hand, and the religious wars on the other, I have come to consider our world an insane asylum for people evicted from a planet more sophisticated than ours! And observed by a disappointed God! But keep trying. Things are already a little better than when Moses climbed that desert mountain. And take heed, blessed Pogo was right: We know the enemy! Merry Christmas!

A. Dewey Williams

Rock Hill

When will governor take his furlough?

As a state employee who is being forced to take nine days unpaid furlough, I have but one question: When are the governor and the General Assembly going to take their unpaid furloughs? After all, they're the ones who created this economic mess, so they should be the ones to help pay for it.

Bob Gorman

Rock Hill

Event brought smiles to many

What a great day Dec. 13 was to see the annual Cheer for Children event be such a success. Our community owes a great deal of gratitude to Dr. and Mrs. Winslow Shock for promoting this for its 16th year. It was so good to see the smiles on children's faces as they received their backpacks filled with Christmas gifts. Also to see so many older children from other schools be big brothers and sisters to the younger ones. Our schools are to be commended for their support, too.

Sharing and caring for others makes for a better community, and I think Jesus smiled to see how wonderful these acts of love were.

Dave Angel, Sr.

Rock Hill