To the editor: In 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, in part, in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the following:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Today it is not too difficult for me to believe Dr. King would enthusiastically go beyond “color of their skin” and include “national origin, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation/identification/preference, age or political affiliation” as factors that get in the way of making valid judgments of people’s character.
Yet, so long as we hear and abide sentiments such as: “That’s a young man’s job,” “Vote for so-and-so because we need a female in that position,” or “Only some non-American can understand the plight of illegal immigrants,” we Americans will continue to make judgments having nothing to do with “character,” and Dr. King’s dream will sadly go unfulfilled. And the nature of our country will be the worse for it.
Robert Barnes, Etowah
Lack of leadership
To the editor: Recently, a bold headline reported, “Tillis hosts roundtable talk” — under cover of the Chamber of Commerce, of course. U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis bloviated his efforts: Andrew Brunson’s imprisonment, anti-ACA/Obamacare and his wishy-washyness to gun legislation.
He expressed support for the president’s actions and concern for legislative malfunction. There’s the national debt, which he just voted to increase by over a trillion dollars.
Leadership wouldn’t turn Republicans loose to vote their conscience and nation’s needs. As the GOP controls all branches of government, this must be seen as an irregularity problem. A local Republican leader told me he wasn’t invited to the event.
One issue making real news, not asked by anyone attending, is Tillis’ and the NCGOP’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica.
“In this effort ... Tillis and the N.C. Republican Party ... combined to pay the company $345,000 in 2014 and 2015." ... The company boasts $215,000 the N.C. Republican Party described as ‘microtargeting consulting fees.’ ” (Source: Federal Election Commission.)
Hardly fake news! Under oath before Congress, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg confirmed this.
As the students of Parkland Douglas and millions in the U.S. and world say, “No more BS!”
George Six, Hendersonville
Sowing and reaping
To the editor: In response to what causes our opioid crisis and opinions as to how to help those who are addicted, I agree that education and some drugs would help their physical and mental addiction.
Alcohol is a drug and is addictive. People become addicted to drugs because of genes or they cannot escape the realities of everyday life. There are many, many things in life that many people cannot cope with, so they drown their sorrows in alcohol and drugs. They awaken the next morning to the same problems, so back to drugs they go until they get hooked on them.
Many of these people come from single-parent homes. Often, the male leaves the female to raise the child, a huge burden on her. The one who abandoned his/her spouse is reprehensible.
However, when a female allows herself to carry a child, she must take responsibility for letting it happen. Our Creator states in his Holy Words that whatever we sow, as we reap.
We should all look at what kind of life we live, and analyze our thoughts, actions and reactions toward all our relatives and neighbors.
Robert W. Gilreath, Mills River