Letters to the Editor

Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, said, “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.”

Sanger was a young nurse when one of her patients died from a self-inflicted abortion. When she asked her doctor for the secret for preventing pregnancy, he said to have “Jake sleep on the roof.” Later she supported Geoffrey Pincus in his development of a birth control pill. The pill would not only lessen maternal and infant mortality, but allow the lovemaking “without consciousness of fear or consequences” she read about in her favorite romance novels. She got results. It is estimated that roughly 60% of women use what she called “birth control.”

The sad part of all this that 876,000 women in 2018 forgot what Sanger was most concerned with. Having their sexual fun while not getting pregnant. These women had abortions — 315,000 of these were African-American, which is the same number as whites while being far less a percentage of the population. 61,000,000, yes million, since Roe v Wade.

Now we have the Supreme Court nomination of someone who reveres life. And for having this position she is vilified. The backers of Planned Parenthood, a position totally the reverse of Sanger’s desires, give women a way to avoid getting pregnant yet enjoying a sexual life. Personally, I would be in favor of making “birth control” pills available free. I understand that certain religious groups are against this, but which would you rather have, sexual fun without a pregnancy or the mutilation of a fetus/child?

Abortion under certain circumstances could be allowed. Folks, there has to be a middle ground here, but the present way — 876,000 child deaths with many really gruesome from eyewitnesses accounts — is really wrong. Euthanasia is more humane. The subject is put to sleep and then given a lethal shot. They call it a humane method. Perhaps we should use that on humans as well.

Or perhaps becoming responsible. Wow. There’s a new concept.

Hugh Fowler


5 commissioners are to be commended

Confederate memorials have no place on public, taxpayer supported property in Halifax County.

That message was sent by county commissioners who voted 4-1 Oct. 5 (Commissioner Marcelle Smith was absent) to remove the tablet honoring Halifax native and Confederate Brigadier General Junius Daniel from the lawn of the Historic Courthouse in our county seat.

The dissent vote of Commissioner Rives Manning is not surprising given his pushback following my request for tablet removal at the July 13 commission meeting. His insistence recently that anyone who damaged the tablet prior to removal be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law begs me to ask him, “Should Confederates have suffered a similar fate following the Civil War?”

Manning’s comments reflect the demeanor of noted Confederate sympathizer and Raleigh native Andrew Johnson, who became President following Lincoln’s assassination. Johnson welcomed treasonous traitors back to the Union with open arms. Manning’s canine calls are sad and obvious. It is disappointing to question what side a veteran like our vice chair would have fought for in the Civil War.

Contrary to popular belief, this request was not impulsive. At that July meeting, Commissioner Smith stated for the record that I emailed him about tablet removal in August 2018. “It’s been two years” were his exact words, so you are mistaken if you believe this was spontaneous.

I have read comments that tickle and baffle me.

“It’s not bothering anyone.”

It bothered me, hence my request. If it truly bothers no one, why are you so bothered by its removal?

“People who want it removed should pay for it.”

Taxpayer money helped pay for it to be erected, so it can also be used to remove it.

“Take all the statues down, including the MLK one.”


You are comparing a Confederate general who died for the right to enslave humans to someone who was assassinated fighting, in his words, “the evil of racism, the evil of poverty, and the evil of war.”

And you never mention Weldon’s Confederate soldier statue when you say, “Take all the statues down.”

Those who disagreed could have stood before the commissioners as I did to express their displeasure.

They instead chose the forum of social media.

I suppose most of them have likely never read the Confederate Constitution or the Cornerstone Speech by Confederacy Vice President Alexander Stephens.

Stephens said the Confederacy was built on the “physical, philosophical and moral truth” that Whites were superior, and Blacks were inferior.

Article I, Section 9, Clause 4 of the Confederate Constitution explicitly states no “law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.”

Or perhaps they have read both and agree with those sentiments.

While tablet removal was one goal, another was empowerment, modeling for local citizens, and most importantly, my students, how to use the democratic process to bring about change by going through the proper channels.

Salute to the five commissioners who helped me accomplish both.

Rodney D. Pierce

Roanoke Rapids