Letters to the editor
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
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 email@example.com. Linda Finger, Chairperson