I must comment to the column by Dr. Wesley Fennell, “As a concerned citizen, I’m compelled to speak,” that ran Valentine’s Day.


I feel you are like too many others in this world who live in the past so they can have something to complain about. Doesn’t the future give you enough to worry about? You told us how you were mistreated by a few ignorant people but turn around and say how great the people of Randolph County turned out to be. Then why do you only remember the past that you hate?


I think I know why! Every time I see someone who is/was a member of the NAACP, I see hate. I, too, hate some things that have happened to me in the past, but I don’t let them ruin my life. God taught me I was only hurting myself.


The statue of the Confederate soldier is a reminder to us of the past you hate so bad. There is an old saying that says, “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” If you hate the past so much, you of all people should want a remembrance of it to sit in front of the courthouse forever!


God’s word says: Ecclesiastes 1:9: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”


Most of those in the NAACP seem to think that the Civil War was about slavery. It was not. There were many, many reasons the war was fought. Slavery was only one of ten. Would you like to see another civil war because we forgot the last one? Or would you let the past go to the grave and start a new world where we forgive those who harmed us and show we are bigger than hate?


Hate only harms the one who hates. God has blessed me in that I can say I have forgiven all who have ever done me wrong. Maybe you should, too.


Luke 6:37: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”


Matthew 6:15: “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”


HF Chamberlin

Asheboro