Mistakes during war and other Letters to the Editor

BM candidate thanks supporters

It was a privilege to be a candidate in the recent Black Mountain alderman election. I was most appreciative of those who exhibited their trust in my leadership ability by their vote. Thanks go to all who supported me with their votes, prayers and encouragement during my campaign and on Election Day. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (II Timothy 4:7).

I will continue to seek ways to serve my community by investing of my time and talents in volunteer work. I look forward to possibly running for alderman again in two years. I wish my opponents well as they give leadership to our town.

Thanks again for those who believed in me and gave me their votes!

Rachel Allen

Black Mountain

Veteran made good point about war

Thank you to Lew Ponder. In his interview in the Nov. 5-11 Black Mountain News, he said, “It is essential for young people in school to know that we made mistakes in WWII, what those mistakes were, and how we learned from them. If you don't know what has happened you don't know how to not repeat it.”

I hope every school board member, textbook selector and textbook publisher follows his thinking, and not just about war. Some school texts skip lightly over the civil rights news of the 1960s, others do not address evolution. Now we learn of a textbook which, when covering southern agricultural labor before the Civil War, speaks of “imported labor for their farms” instead of calling it slavery.

Yes, we cannot dress up our history; and schools are one of the best places to learn this lesson.

Bill Hubbard