Right of secession

This article was published July 17, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

Dear editor:

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation."

That is a quote from the Declaration of Independence of the USA. I say that it was equally accurate when the CSA separated from the USA. I say that if Steven Orr Manning calls either of them a "traitorous rebellion," he is entitled to his opinion, but I think he is just wrong. Secession is not illegal and slavery was not the single cause which impelled the CSA to separate from the USA.

The results derived in courts of law are more expensive and not as widely read as the letters in the newspaper. If Mr. Manning is sincere in his desire that I should continue to make a fool of myself, I am happy to oblige, and I will choose my method, as is my God given right.

M. Wayne Spencer

Hot Springs

Editorial on 07/17/2017

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