Letters to the Editor

Columbus Day column was shallow

I read “What are we celebrating on Columbus Day” on the Oct. 8 opinion page, 3C, of the Sun Herald.

I agree that “a free society is better than slavery; reason is better than brute force as a way to deal with other men.”

Does our “Western civilization” stand for values that make human life possible: reason, science, self-reliance, individualism, ambition, productive achievement-values that cut across gender, ethnicity and geography? Think about what our “Western civilization” has done to those who lived in this land before we encroached on it.

Opposition to Western civilization does not only come from “those who detest Christianity and its dominant influence in Western culture.” It also comes from those of us who would prefer not to dominate the rest of the world’s cultures.

The quote from President Donald Trump’s speech in Poland was definitely in defense of Western civilization. He named all of what is wonderful in our Western culture. When I got to the “We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives,” I had to wonder just who his speech writers were for this one in Poland. They were good.

As to “how the expansion of Western civilization to the New World and then beyond through American influence has benefited the entire planet” — am I the only one who remembers Vietnam and Iraq?

Please, let’s all think deeper than this.

Julie Nelson