Spreading kindness; Coming for Jefferson, Washington; Change can go overboard — Letters to the Editor, June 24, 2020

Some people are still spreading kindness

I was at the corner of highways 101 and 126 last Saturday, participating in the celebration for peace, equal justice and supporting Black lives.

Once again, I was overwhelmed by the number of people from our small community who came to stand in support of their neighbors.

I was also heartened by the enormous number of honks and waves that our group received.

I was standing on the corner with my sign, which read: “Make America Kind Again.”

A woman crossed the street, approached me, commented on my sign and put something in my hand.

I looked and discovered a $100 bill.

More than a little taken aback, I stuttered, “I don’t know what to do with this.”

She replied, “Use it for kindness” and walked away.

This is just another example of Florence demonstrating its beautiful heart.

I hope the anonymous woman gets a chance to read this and know how moved I was by her kindness.

I know Florence Food Share will put her donation to good use and help distribute kindness and meals to our neighbors in need.

—Jim Wellington


They are coming for Jefferson, Washington 

Thanks to Mr. Welles for his outstanding letter on America’s monument desecration (“Historical Context Key To Not Repeating Racist Past,” June 13).

We are now in the “times that try men’s souls” of which Thomas Paine wrote. Will someone, anyone stand against the destruction of our sacred history by anarchists, radicals and the anti-government rabble mocking and abandoning American history by pillaging monuments of centuries of principled individuals named Columbus, Lee and other Confederate generals in the name of misdeeds?

Robert E. Lee fought for the cause of the Tenth Amendment over an all powerful federal government, which he detested. At Appomattox, the army of the Potomac veterans saluted Lee before his meeting with General Grant in total respect for his honorable leadership during immensely trying times. 

The defacement and decapitation of Columbus — that greatest of Italian explorers without whom we would be Europeans — is vile, childish and devoid of all perspective.

They are coming for Mr. Jefferson and the father of our country, which will completely debilitate western civilization — which seems to be the strategy. No more America for these midnight marauders with no heart, sense, historical perspective and certainly lacking doctrinal decency. 

It is now or never; America or chaos. Who will stand?

John Adams said in his marvelous speech on Independence at Philadelphia, “Sir, we are in the midst of Revolution. There will be a great expense of blood gentleman. However I am not without apprehensions, sir ... but if I am to live, give me a country and a republic governed by laws, a free country.”

That Republic is in danger of extinction unless good men with the voice of a John Adams appear. 

God bless America.

—Joel Marks


Change is good until it goes overboard 

I applaud NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag from its races, which was a move that has been a long time coming. 

I can also understand why people in the South are removing Confederate statues, although I never gave any thought to a statute other than they are where pigeons poop. 

But in some areas we are presently going overboard with the names of places. U of O wants to change building names; some individuals want to change the names of military base names like Ft. Polk (my basic training), Bragg and Hood. 

We then have the renaming and logos on food products. I agree Aunt Jemima products and Uncle Ben’s Rice should have been renamed years ago. But it gets a bit out of hand with Land O’ Lakes removing the Indian Maiden from its logo. 

Who is next on this ludicrous list? Navajo Freight Lines, Quaker Oats with a religious figure, black wild rice because it’s considered derogatory, or our local high school’s sports mascot the Viking? 

Change is good until it goes overboard.

—Win Jolley



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