The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

August 16, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Friday, August 16, 2013

Where is the love for America today?

Katherine Lee Bates (1859-1929) was an American poet and educator. She also wrote “America the Beautiful,” an historical, classic patriotic song.

“O beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain.

“For purple mountains, majesties above the fruited plain.

“America! America! God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.

“O beautiful for pilgrims’ feet whose stern impassioned stress.

“A thorough-fare for freedom beat across the wilderness

“America! America! God mend thy every flaw. Confirm thy soul in self control thy liberty in law.

“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife

“Who more than self their country loved, and mercy more than life.

“America! America!  May God thy gold refine till all success be nobleness and every gain divine.

“O beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years,

“Thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears.

“America! America! God shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood from see to shining sea.”

My question to us all is, where is the love for America today?

Michael Thompson


Beware where you send your free pets

Caution. Beware.

Please be careful who gets the little kittens that are advertised for free.

Please people, do name study; check out where these little innocent kittens are going. Don’t just give them away. Do home study before you let them go out your door.

I doubt all these so called people are human.

Let’s stop this. I’m a very, very deep animal lover. Do a home study.

Shirley Swaney


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