Former hospital site something sad to behold
To the editor:
I just feel compelled to write this letter since a few days ago I passed what used to be Washington County Hospital. I was appalled at the site. What once was a beautiful building is now a pile of rubble. What bothers me most is that people who want to save historic buildings that have been empty for years would want to destroy the hospital. It was there for years and years, and underwent numerous additions plus remodeling so many floors. Why were they in a hurry to demolish it?
I wonder how many people have actually seen what used to be our hospital and what they think now. Such a sad empty spot.
I feel for the people who live around that area to know what it once was and now what it is.
Those responsible for destroying the hospital should hang their heads in shame, for I believe that it could have been saved and used for various things.
Conservatives' intentions, not Obama's, cause concern
To the editor:
I am writing in response to Ned Garrett’s letter of Feb. 23, “Why can’t liberal America see President Obama’s intentions?” As a liberal, my answer to you is this: We see his intentions, but it is the conservatives’ intentions that have us worried.
As I read the letter, I couldn’t help but notice how many times Garrett came close to playing the race card like so many like to accuse the African-American community of doing. Obama was called the organizer of the underprivileged in Chicago. Most of the underprivileged in that city are black. He was accused of using class warfare and social justice rhetoric. Once again, these are issues that affect mainly minorities and the poor.
Garrett went on to point out Obama’s African heritage, and that his father was a Muslim, from which his core beliefs come. As a candidate, the Republicans pounced on him for being a member of a radical Christian church. So, is he Christian or Muslim? Does it make a difference? I don’t think so.
Gadhafi, bin Laden and the end of the Iraq war — all on his watch. Is he given any credit? No, because as long as he is Barack Obama, you will find fault with him.
I am an African-American and I am against the Colonial mind-set of American history of which Garrett wrote. If our nation were still of that mind-set, I would be a slave.
Garrett also said that Obama was trying to redefine the nation. According to the last Census, the nation is already being redefined — Latino, black, Asian and Middle-Eastern.
In Garrett’s opening paragraph, he asked if we know what direction the country is headed? My answer is yes, we do. And my prayer is that it is opposite of the direction that Garrett wants it to go.
Raymond M. Young