August 31, 2013

Letters to the editor: Thoughtful review informs artist, readers

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Daniel Kany’s critique of “Sleeping Angel,” above, and other paintings by David Driskell is an example of “constructive and honest” reviewing that encourages art appreciation, a reader says.

Image courtesy of Greenhut Galleries

All we and horsemen are saying is "Let us compete."

Sharon Terry

president, Scarborough Downs


Racist diatribe reminder of need to battle ignorance

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Freedom March on Washington, D.C.

The front-page article in that day's Press Herald ("Local official rebuked for offensive Obama Web post") poses a distressing irony.

Americans of all ethnicities, races, religions, sexual orientations and political beliefs draw pride from those who sacrificed to help our society evolve into a more tolerant and compassionate nation.

David Marsters' public, vitriol-laced diatribe threatening our twice-elected president harkens back to the sad days prior to the civil rights movement. It stuns many of us living in this state that such hatred is celebrated by some.

Only those of us who recognize the horror of such ignorance can overwhelm such narrow-minded ignorance.

The Rev. Martin Luther King eloquently expressed his hope that we as Americans would learn to judge others not by "the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

As a society, we have made strides in this direction. Mr. Marsters has given pause that perhaps we have not come as far as many have hoped.

My sincere desire is that we will hear the ignorance amongst us and allow it to strengthen our resolve that indeed we shall overcome.

James M. Kirsh


Dr. King would have fought for factory-farmed animals

This week's 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington is being observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.

He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers' rights, gay rights and animal rights.

Yes, animal rights. Although he is best known for advocacy of racial equality, Dr. King opposed all violence, like the Vietnam War. And there is no greater violence than that perpetrated each day against billions of cows, pigs and other sentient animals in America's factory farms and slaughterhouses.

The day before his assassination in 1968, Dr. King came to Memphis to champion the most oppressed human beings in America -- African-American sanitation workers.

Today, it would also be about the most oppressed living beings in America -- animals raised for food, experiments and entertainment.

Although Dr. King never lived long enough to extend his circle of compassion, justice and nonviolence to non-human animals, his wife, Coretta Scott King, and his son Dexter Scott King did, by embracing the vegan lifestyle. A great way for us to honor the King legacy is to follow their lead.

Paul Mahn


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