Voice of the People September 30, 2021
The cocktail can be an answer to stupidity
Given their vast medical knowledge and deep understanding of science, before each meeting County Commissioners Neil Combee and Bill Braswell should ingest a cocktail of hydroxychloroquine, bleach and ivermectin. Many people say that the concoction works wonders in correcting deficiencies in intelligence, judgment, and rationality, and there is an encouraging side effect – in sufficient quantity, it can eradicate any case of revolutionary stupidity for good.
Tom Oldt, Winter Haven
It’s time to stop spreading “The Black Lie”
Some candidates for Lakeland mayor and city commissioner are spreading The Black Lie: Black people have never been treated equally.
I’m 64 and grew up in Lakeland. Blacks had the same educational opportunity – attended the same schools and were taught by the same black and white teachers. Many black teachers were popular with white students.
I started teaching in public schools in 1980. Many of my colleagues were excellent black teachers respected by teachers, students, and parents. They were our friends. They were loved because they were a blessing to our community.
And what about the blacks of yesteryear: Booker T. Washington, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver and others? Were they excluded from encyclopedias and textbooks? No. We learned of their existence at school. A 1957 encyclopedia on my shelf contains articles about black poets, scientists, educators, and other black people who have blessed our nation with their accomplishments.
And what about Ben Carson, Candace Owens, Thomas Sowell and other respected blacks today? They are treated equally.
Blacks of yesterday and today are respected for their good character and their contribution to community and nation building. It’s time to stop spreading The Black Lie.
Karen Pansler Lam, Lakeland
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