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To the Editor:

Recently the Lighthouse Chorus, the Hilton Head Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and the New River Harmony Barbershop Chorus of Sun City held a benefit concert for the Volunteers In Medicine of both Hilton Head and Bluffton. As a former surgeon and current volunteer at VIM, it was an honor for me to be a part of this program, which also was a tribute to Dr. Jack McConnell.

We of both of these choruses wish to express our thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the Hilton Head Presbyterian Church for donating their facility for this event. In addition, we thank all of those who supported this event with their pocketbooks, making it a financial success.

Dr. James Baden

President

Hilton Head Lighthouse Chorus

To the Editor:

Most agree there's suffering and injustice. Hate is self perpetuating. It's truly a sickness. Even worse, hating a misleading belief.

Republicans launch political malice towards liberals. Labeling anyone or anything a liberal with disdain is McCarthyism. Republican political allegory is McCarthyism's divisive polarizing dissension.

Deliberately talking heads renounce the supporting principle of democracy. If you question those why they dislike liberals, they're cluelessly biased.

The term "liberal" comes from the Latin word "liberalis," pertaining to a free person. Liberal democracy's basic values are a free person having the right to free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of choice, freedom of expression.

Advanced countries adopt liberal democracy.

Foolishly, some believe stand-alone democracy means everything or anything. A governing democracy without individual freedom becomes an oppressive government.

Profoundly, liberalism is your inalienable right for individual freedom (Declaration of Independence).

Russia, Turkey and Venezuela succeeded in turning democracy into an electoral dictatorship. Liberal democracy has checks and balances, which enables your right to disagree. Illiberalism restricts those rights. You can't dissect freedom.

Most Americans believe it is extremely important to live in a free democracy, with rule of law, believing in emancipatory freedom. Denying one's freedom promotes the very thing the Founding Fathers feared - tyranny.

American diplomacy was a necessary priority, but political profits are more important than people (Citizens United v. FEC).

This political process harnesses politicians to the wealthy, who rarely serve public interest.

Republicans are convinced to turn the government over to them, and with compelling evidence eradicating freedom.

Bill Mahaffey

Bluffton

To the Editor:

I recently visited Branson, Mo., and discovered something I never imagined existed in the current day pusillanimous, politically correct, panic-stricken halls of academia.

I toured the College of the Ozarks.

It was a revelation.

This college prepares the student for the realities of life and adulthood beyond the campus.

Students can graduate without debt. The college accepts no government aid and donors cover tuition costs. Students work 15 hours a week during classes and 40 hours a week during the summer, covering their room and board.

The college is affectionately called "Hard Work U."

Besides the customary curriculum one expects, courses include Patriotic Education and Fitness and a required course in Military Science, which provides an understanding of the military and the necessity for it.

A stained glass shop providing art skills in that medium was built by the students.

This merely touches upon the positive atmosphere and learning experience that pervades the campus, with no safe spaces in sight.

Before potentially squandering six figures of your money or having your child or grandchild graduate with insurmountable debt for the privilege, in many cases, of being indoctrinated by progressive, America-hating, free speech-repressive ideologues, where graduation day consists of students appearing from their safe spaces and putting down protest posters to receive their diplomas, investigate similar institutions like College of the Ozarks and Hillsdale, where their only obligation is to the students.

Let's give the approaching generation and your hard earned dollars a chance.

Don Maresca

Bluffton

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