Remembering Congressman John Lewis

All who knew John Lewis personally or through history books can honestly say we knew a man of courage, faith and love. His life of service and leadership to this nation caused a permanent change for the better. Both the Voters’ Right Bill of 1965 and the War on Poverty were direct results of the Civil Rights Protest of the 1960s, in which John Lewis was intimately involved and personally paid the physical price. His life demonstrated what commitment and determination to fight for justice and equality while not hating your oppressor meant. He truly loved people and America.

Hopefully, congressional leaders will take the opportunity to honor their beloved colleague John Lewis beyond their great words of tribute and respect by restoring the Voter Right Act, approving liveable wages and health care for workers.

His challenge to young people and old: “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

John Lewis, America listened and is speaking up.

Thank you for your exemplary life of service, leadership, determination and love.

Former Congresswoman Eva Clayton


We need law enforcement

I have never seen the disrespect for law enforcement officers that we are seeing today. Yes, there are some bad cops. There are some bad doctors, lawyers, preachers, school teachers, judges and so on the list of professions go. Would we recommend that we terminate any of these professions because of a few bad apples? Of course not! Yet that is the exact proposal of a segment of America’s society.

I don’t know of any profession needed more than law enforcement. Any society without law enforcement will soon fail to be a society as we know it today. Chaos would reign without laws and people to enforce them.

The residents of Vance County and Henderson are fortunate to have great law enforcement departments and personnel. Let’s show our appreciation and respect. Get to know these men and women. Talk to them; thank them for their service, and, most importantly, pray for them! Pray also for America!

Bob Flowers