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Whining about the past solves nothing

The March 1 Lima News carried a letter to the editor from me directed to Charles “The Whiner” Thomas, commenting on his constant bashing of Lima.

On March 9, he defended his whining. He used the phrase, “responding to ignorance.” So, I guess I am “Mr. Ignorance.” He said his mother taught him to respect every person he encountered in life. If you call someone “ignorant,” you are not doing what mother told you.

I asked The Whiner to define “underserved” and “diversity.” He never answered that, so let me.

Underserved is living in a three-room house in rural Michigan, no running water and the “bathroom” was in the backyard. Maybe I was underserved, but bI never realized it. Concerning “diversity,” when someone pulls up beside my car in traffic, blasting rap music, I put my windows up, but I remember this is a free country.

What I got from The Whiner was a lecture on slavery. No one would make light of the awful injustices Thomas’ ancestors endured. But that was then. A postage stamp I used recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

A recent issue of The Lima News featured Blythe Randall, 57, and the children she is adopting. Allen County Children Services asked us to encourage her to go through with the adoption. Why? Because my wife and I, at retirement age, are adopting two teenagers from the foster care system. These two have been through dreadful things no child should ever have to go through. But they never whine and say, “Oh, poor me, look what I have been through.”

Mr. Thomas could learn a lot from them.

— Pastor Robert King, Spencerville

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