I would like the privilege of explaining to the neighbor who seems to have some misconceptions about Mr. Darrell Huckaby and his recent report of conditions in London.
In the first place, everyone should know that Darrell Huckaby is not perfect. For that matter, neither am I or anyone else I know. I personally like him, and he brings back a lot of good memories. But he is not perfect, so he is sometimes wrong about something in his articles, one of which I’ve been meaning to explain to him sometime. But he’s not wrong as described in the Letter to the Editor about the U.K.
In the first place, I did not find anywhere that he “feared and hated” the people in London, which is the definition of xenophobia in the dictionary, just in case someone has not looked it up. Darrell just does not fear and hate strangers. He meets a lot of strangers every day. But he has good reason to worry about the “downfall” of London due to immigration and failed socialist policies. We all should, since it is happening here. We are just a little bit farther back on the curve, if you haven’t noticed.
The letter-writer’s accusation about the U.K. running over a bunch of people in the process of building their empire is interesting and true. But the U.S. ran off the U.K., and bought off or ran over the Indians, the French, the Spanish, the Mexicans, the Russians and anyone else who got in the way. Our ancestors were a part of that history, and some were good and some were bad. But Darrell and I are not responsible for their choices, just ours. History, if you hear Darrell talk about it, tells us every race has some bad apples. I do not think Darrell approves any more than I do of the way things were done back in those days. But my question is: If you do not approve of it happening back then, why support it today in our country?
As to his negative report on the U.K. socialistic medical system, I read in a book back in 1952 about how bad socialized medicine in the U.K. was. With all its imperfections, ours is better every day of the week. But we have people who think the government can do a better job of selecting our doctors than we can. Would you believe?
Apathy is easy to spot in seconds, much less days. It is all around you. Talk to any business owner and they will tell you the apathetic attitude of too many of the younger generation. The young ones want the money to live well, but do not want to work for it. It shows in the services you pay for and do not get.
In Toastmasters, we were taught to criticize in a positive manner rather than just put people down. Wish I was better at it.
L. O. Cox Jr.