News from the Tennessee Valley Opinion
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2007


Give new chief Collier a chance

To The Daily: I agree with Dr. Walker. No matter who was chosen for police chief, there was going to be something said. The years I have known him, he always did his best to help whomever, whenever.

When Mr. Gilliam was chosen to be the chief, all hell broke loose. “A black police chief? Oh my God. What were they thinking?” Their thinking turned out to be all right.

So stop hating, drop the negative thoughts and appreciate the good, not the bad. The choice has been made, so accept it and go on with daily activities. Support our new chief, Ken Collier, by all means necessary. He is a good man, and if he’s not then you will have something to say. There will be times when we cannot get what we want, but for sure, you will get what you need.

Dorothy Gordon

Virginia resolution promotes goodwill

To The Daily: Virginia has been first in many historic events, positively and negatively. One was the election of Laurence Douglas Wilder, an African-American, to the governorship, and the other was the Massive Resistance Movement spearheaded by newspaper columnist James L. Kilpatrick against school desegregation. Now, Virginia leads the way in the acknowledgement of the cruelty, terror, and horrors of slavery and offers an apology in a resolution expressing “profound regret” of the slavery of blacks and the exploitation of American Indians.

As a native Virginian, I applaud the lawmakers for their courageous actions, because the resolution comes on the heels of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. It is almost two months ago when Virginia’s delegate Frank Hargrove, R-Hanover, ignited in the lower House chamber a storm of protest by saying blacks should “get over” slavery and no question of an apology is needed. How quickly a situation can change.

Two bills, one in the House and the other in the Senate, which were sponsored by two Democrats, called for inner healing and outward reconciliation in the state and the bills were unanimously approved with bipartisan support. Even Hargrove pushed the bill forward.

Although the resolution carries no legal binding, it gives a precedent and symbolic gesture of goodwill and initiates positive motivation for other Southern states, like Alabama, to do likewise.

The fact that a few citizens and lawmakers will be offended by an apology of great magnitude (so be it), that the timing is unfavorable for such declaration (delays bring heavier tolls), should neither deter the efforts nor cause the resolute of well-informed electorates to grow dim or crush their commitment for the right and justice.

Isaiah J. Ashe

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