Letters to the edi­tor

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Colum­nist off-base

Dear Edi­tor: I am a black fe­male South­ern Chris­tian, raised in Cov­ing­ton. My old­est daugh­ter was in Newton County High School in 1968. I sent her there to my re­gret, think­ing it would help make things bet­ter for blacks. I took her from her class­mates she had been with for 10 years. (Colum­nist Nat) Har­well stated (Jan. 9) that the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem has col­lapsed. If it has, it is be­cause of peo­ple like him who are still steeped in the South­ern tra­di­tion. When blacks en­tered class­rooms, they were not ac­cepted on the same level. If mi­nori­ties were pro­moted who were not qual­i­fied, it is be­cause of peo­ple like Mr. Har­well. Black stu­dents were not en­cour­aged to be ed­u­cated and com­pelled to seek higher learn­ing.

As far as dress codes are concerned, that’s what lead­ers and teach­ers are for, to make de­ci­sions for peo­ple who can’t make pos­i­tive de­ci­sions.

And re­gard­ing “Dixie,” black South­ern­ers could care less if the song is played. As for the “N” word, why would a white per­son have the need to use it when they know it’s a sen­si­tive word for blacks. It was used dur­ing slav­ery and af­ter in a de­grad­ing way. Chris Rock and Tracy Mor­gan do not get a laugh from in­tel­li­gent peo­ple. I guess Mr. Har­well has a prob­lem delet­ing this word from his vo­cab­u­lary. Peo­ple like him take the blame for noth­ing.

When he needs a topic to write about, write about the degra­da­tion and de­hu­man­iza­tion peo­ple suf­fered. Re­spect peo­ple for the con­tri­bu­tions they make to this coun­try and do not prey on weak minds.

Leave us alone. Sadly, some of us are still steeped in the tra­di­tions we were forced to em­brace. Emma Horne Cov­ing­ton

Why Iran hates U.S.

Edi­tor: Once again, facts and schol­ar­ship fall by the way­side. In the let­ter At­tack on child­hood (The Cov­ing­ton News, Jan. 21), the writer did not un­der­stand why the Ira­ni­ans hated the United States.

In 1953, the United States over­threw the demo­crat­i­cally elected govern­ment of Iran. Iran’s sin? It was go­ing to na­tional- ize its Bri­tish-owned oil in­dus­try. In other words, we de­stroyed a democ­racy over money.

In its wake we in­stalled a despot. The Shah of Iran headed a regime that “dis­ap­peared,” tor­tured, and killed Ira­nian cit­i­zens. Their sin? Op­pos­ing Amer­ica’s au­to­crat.

The writer ul­ti­mately turns to an­cient Bib­li­cal lore look­ing for an ex­pla­na­tion of Iran’s ha­tred of the United States. Re­cent his­tory pro­vides a much more com­pelling ex­pla­na­tion.

In the world where Amer­ica can do no evil, facts and schol­ar­ship must be ig­nored. For those of us who want the truth, even one that leads to an un­flat­ter­ing self-im­age, facts and schol­ar­ship mat­ter. Roy Evritt Ox­ford

C.A.R.E. thanks

Dear Edi­tor: On Jan. 22, the C.A.R.E. com­mit­tee (a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion) held a silent auc­tion in Por­terdale. This was a ben­e­fit to raise funds to as­sist the needy fam­i­lies of Por­terdale. This was our first event like this and we re­ally didn’t know what to ex­pect; how­ever, it turned out great as well as a lot of fun and it is all be­cause the busi­ness own­ers and in­di­vid­u­als in Por­terdale and Newton County that stepped up to help us.

We would sin­cerely like to say thank you to all who helped in so many ways to make this a suc­cess:

Wal­ter Davis, who do­nated the space; Charles and Bev­erly Turner, who helped with the en­tire event; Anita and Larry Denny for our en­ter­tain­ment for the evening. Some of the busi­ness’s that do­nated items were Van-Go’s stu­dio, The Oaks Golf Course, Pbg, Emma Elaine Pho­tog­ra­phy, Sig­man Bot­tle shop, and Burnie’s Bar-B-Q, as well as lo­cal artist Ar­line Chap­man, Kay Hill, Ehan Ni­chols, Tina Reed, and many in­di­vid­u­als If I have left out any­one please for­give me. We re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s help. We look for­ward to our next auc­tion and see­ing all of you again.

To learn more about C.A.RE. or to make a con­tri­bu­tion, please con­tact me at linda.fin­ger@ya­hoo.com. Linda Fin­ger, Chair­per­son

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