Letter to the Editor
Sunday, August 20, 2017
I've struggled with this letter some three days now. At first I was going to chide the media, your publisher and others who just can't seem to say anything positive about President Trump. No matter the issue, he either says too much, says too little, says it too loudly, says it pre-emptively, says it too late, doesn't say it forcefully enough, or is somehow inept, inappropriate or incapable — in their humble opinion. I was going to point out how in parts of this country, the Civil War is far from over. The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, are hardly unique in the South. Racial harmony is blatantly absent these many years since blood brothers killed and mutilated each other. Discrimination to this day is alive and well, unfortunately. There are over 900 hate groups in the U.S. Many are protected by "free speech,” some are even espoused from the pulpit.
The above being said, I would encourage our president to continue doing his level best to make this country greater, and listen to the words and sentiments expressed in the Tom Petty classic of some 27 years ago: "I Won't Back Down.” Mr. Petty put it this way: "Well I won't back down, no I won't back down. You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won't back down. No, I'll stand my ground, won't be turned around, And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down, Gonna stand my ground and I won't back down. Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out! Well I know what's right, I got just one life. In a world that keeps on pushin' me around, But I'll stand my ground and I won't back down.” Amen, brother!
— Bill Kersting, Spencer