Voices
July 11, 2013 Issue

LETTERS


Wilburn defends son, wants murderers caught

Dear Editor:

Dear Editor: First and foremost let me thank all the wonderful people in this county. Your prayers and support for me and my family was greatly appreciated. To all my church family and friends, thank you. Love you all. I said a while back that ďwe,Ē our county needed a positive change, a complete make over. We are making progress slowly but surely. We still have people in office that arenít concerned about the welfare of the people. Theyíre just there holding a seat, drawing a paycheck for nothing. Remember I said be careful who you give your power to. What happened to my cousin Kenneth Quarterman was a mistake. They shot the wrong man. They, the murderers, didnít even know Ken. They didnít know anything about him. They, the murderers, had never seen him before.

Kenneth was born to wonderful married parents. Kenneth was a great young man. After finishing college, he went on to work every day. He was smart, a challenge and he loved helping others. Kenneth was a very concerned man and he loved his son dearly. Close your eyes and pretend this was your child they killed.

 

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Kenneth was a church man, a godly man. His loss has devastated my family. My heart bleeds for his mom, Sandra. Yep, we have the same name and we are very close. I want the people that did this brought to the highest justice possible. We have to set an example that guns kill, that no one, meaning no one, is above the law.

When you take the life another expect to pay with your own life and freedom. Kenneth was innocent!

I asked my cousin Sandra how did you raise such great children? She said I just showed them so much love and I let them know nothing is more important than them. I love them with everything in me, with all I have to give.

Whatís most important to me is getting these murderers off the street that killed our Ken before they kill again. Second, what happened to my son simply tells me we got a lot more work to do.

Law officers said they made a big mistake. Remember the people that took our Kenís life said they made a big mistake. Mistakes! Mistakes! Mistakes! It breaks my heart. Some mistakes we can live with; some we canít. Anytime you take a life or put a life in danger because you made a mistake you should be held accountable.

If a law officer canít perform his job under pressure and use good common sense, then that job ainít for you. You need to find your calling.

To the person that wrote the letter ďtired of people complaining about police excessive force,Ē I feel you. I use to think the same way until it happened to my child. But itís okay, youíre entitled to your opinion.

To the two officers, possibly three, that abused my son, ask yourself how would you feel if an officer did all this to your child?

To the two people in law enforcement that said let it go, I canít because I made a commitment to the people that all people should be treated equal and if I walk away from this, then I am just as bad as the murderers that took my cousinís life and the officers that abused my wonderful son and the next person might not be so lucky.

Just because you wear a uniform and carry a badge and a gun you still have to follow the rules and laws. You ainít above the law.

To the young adults, I hear your cry for help and I am here for you. I know peer pressure is bad, but before you give in think long and hard. Is this worth me giving up my life for because the devil will fool you out there and leave you to fight for yourself and you wonít know where to start.

Life is short enough without you taking what you canít giveÖlife. Young adults, stop being a negative follower and become a strong-minded positive leader. Stop using guns and drugs as a weapon to solve problems. No problem is too big for God! Please just walk away. People will respect you more.

Be different, thatís how you become a strong leader. I never said it would be easy but I will be smart. Itís better to be broke and have a peace of mind than to make fast money and be afraid to live and feel safe.

Make your money the honest way. Thereís nothing like freedom. I believe in every young adult out there. You all can be a winner. You just have to make the right choice. This is not a black problem, itís a people problem. Young adults with guns, we all are in danger. Bullets see no color.

We put new people in offices because people want to be treated equal and fair, but remember we have to do our part, too. Rome wasnít built in one day. Along with the great people in this county we will continue moving until we replace every ungodly apple in office. We will not stop until we see a strong positive equal change. Congratulations Melvin Farmer, city councilman, we did it.

As always, love you all!

Sandra Nelson Wilburn






DíAntignac on Benghaziies

With all that has happen in the last nine months, one would ask themselves where would one start to give their opinions on the so called scandals, The Immigration Bill passed by the Senate, SCOTUS passing DOMA, and gutting the Voting Rights Act. If one would tackle all of these subjects in one letter, it would be too long and it probably would take about four weeks of Voices to get it seen by your readers. So what I will do is give my opinion on one at the time.

The 2012 Benghazi attack:

The American Diplomatic mission at Benghazi, in Libya, was attacked on Sept. 11, 2012 by a heavily armed group. The attack began during the night at a compound that is meant to protect the main diplomatic building. A second assault in the early morning the next day targeted a nearby CIA annex in a different compound. Four people were killed, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Ten others were injured. The attack was strongly condemned by the governments of Libya, the United States and many other countries throughout the world.

Many Libyans praised the late ambassador and staged public demonstrations against the militias that had formed during the civil war to oppose leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The Libyan government also began attempts to disband many of the groups. The United States increased security worldwide at various diplomatic and military facilities and began investigating the attack.

At various times between Sept. 11 and 17, eight other diplomatic missions in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe were subject to protests and violent attacks in response to an inflammatory video, Innocence of Muslims.

Initially, it was suggested that the attack arose in similar circumstances, but an investigation by the U.S. State Department determined that there was no such protest and that the attack was premeditated and was launched without warning by Islamist militants. The video and the resulting anger may have provided an opportunity for the attackers; according to some eyewitnesses, they used the video as justification for the attack.

Some republican politicians, conservative media figures and other critics immediately accused the Obama administration of mishandling the attack and its aftermath and of over-emphasizing the role of the video. As the incident became a focus of political discussion on the right, some republican members of Congress launched their own independent investigations and hearings on the subject in the following months. These investigations are currently ongoing, and are a matter of great controversy in the American political sphere.

My source for this comes from (Wikipedia).

Let me say this of Benghazi. It was an unfortunate thing to happen to four of our fellow Americans, but we the people will never know what really triggered this incident, and most, if any will never be brought to justice, or trial for those deaths. Letís hope their deaths will somehow contribute to democracy for the people in Libya. Those on the right will continue to scream ďcoverup,Ē but the only thing I see here is Rep. Issa from California trying his best to connect Pres. Obama to his conspiracy theory, and has failed to do so.

You would think behind all of those accusations from 9-11-12 to 11-6-12, and the president getting re-elected, that in itself would have told those on the right, that the president wasnít at fault, nor trying to cover up anything. But even to this day Issa is still beating that dead horse theory, that the president had some part in his so called cover up, or scandal. Will it stop? Not until the 2016 elections are over. Letís hope and pray that theyíll stop wasting their time and our tax dollars on what I call political posturing, for the 2014 and 2016 elections, and get down to helping the president create some decent paying jobs for all Americans. If they fail to do that, then that would truly be ďa scandal.Ē



Future Wadley Resident
Clyde DíAntignac


 


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