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Friday, September 20, 2013
The South fought to save its economy
Re: “Arrogant abolitionists were right,” Sept. 15 commentary:
Brett Shadle’s remarks on slavery leave out some crucial information, namely: The sudden emancipation of slaves, such as occurred when the War of Northern Aggression ended, would have collapsed the Southern economy.
The South of the 1860s was principally agricultural and far less industrialized than the North during the same time.
Southern plantation owners needed slaves to sustain themselves and, by extension, the majority of the Southern economy.
Now, I am not saying that slavery was right nor that a gradual emancipation was right, but faced between an economic collapse and a war, the majority of Southerners chose to fight a war.
Some may have realized the futility of it, but what choice did they have?
Biblical truths explain the chaos in society
I always look forward to reading letters or commentaries by John D. Stec.
His commentary on Sept. 5, “When will the attack on the family end?” logically and concisely explained the continuing effects of the 1960s sexual revolution on the family and society as a whole.
Who can deny what he says is happening before our eyes?
Stec states biblical truths and natural law to explain the error of our ways.
The truth is true, whether you believe it or not.
There is no relativism in his explanation. It is based on fact.
He does not display hatred for anyone in his commentary.
When our behavior is formed by error, the result is chaos. The ultimate goal of Satan is chaos.
Coverage tilts against Cuccinelli
Have you heard the expression “Slim and None, and Slim left town”?
It is awful when those are your chances — especially at getting a fair shake in The Roanoke Times.
At a recent energy forum, Terry McAuliffe spent three of his 18 minutes on his energy plan. The remaining 15 were spent bashing Ken Cuccinelli.
Do you know why? I don’t either — but I’m guessing it’s because the media are not only letting McAuliffe get away with it, but gleefully joining in.
According to a study by Media Research Center of campaign coverage by The Roanoke Times and three other major Virginia papers, Cuccinelli benefited from only four positive stories, compared to 95 negative ones — and seven positive pieces on the opinion pages versus 78 slams.
I suppose bashing Cuccinelli is supposed to generate enough wind to spin a turbine or make the pages of a newspaper rustle.
But contrary to the apparent beliefs of major publications, voters deserve real information — like the number of times that McAuliffe has changed his mind on coal, on gas, on drilling — and at least an attempt at balance in their coverage.
EDWARD J. BENNETT
Cuccinelli is just looking out for No. 1
I’d like to say something nice about Ken Cuccinelli, I really would. By all standards, he should be my boy.
As an old, conservative male I see him as being in the right party and saying most of the things I like.
The problem is that every time I start leaning in his direction, I hear that quacking in the background — and it’s not the AFLAC goose.
It’s that old saying about how to identify a duck.
You remember the one. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck.
There’s no point in listing all the dubious things Cuccinelli has done.
If you follow the news, you have heard and read about them.
If you haven’t, you’re probably not interested, anyway.
The point is, Cuccinnelli will do and say whatever he considers will advance his candidacy.
If he’s caught for yet undiscovered shady dealings, he will weasel like Bill Clinton. And if he governs the commonwealth of Virginia, it will be to his gain and the loss of the residents of this state.
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