Letters to the Editor

Passing of Richard Cole, last WWII Doolittle Raider, means ‘end of an era’

Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. Here, Cole walks around a vintage WW II B-25 bomber at Columbia Metropolitan Airport before taking a flight on Thurs. Apr. 16, 2009.
Retired Lt. Col. Richard "Dick" Cole, the last of the 80 Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who carried out the daring U.S. attack on Japan during World War II, died Tuesday at a military hospital in Texas. He was 103. Here, Cole walks around a vintage WW II B-25 bomber at Columbia Metropolitan Airport before taking a flight on Thurs. Apr. 16, 2009. The State file photo

I read where Richard Cole died, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders.

My daughter attended law school in Columbia in the early 2000s. She waited in line for hours to get the signatures of the Raiders on a print of the Doolittle Raiders at their anniversary celebration in Columbia.

I was fortunate enough to receive the print as a birthday present that year. It became one of my prized possessions. Every time another Raider passed into history, my daughter would ask about the print. Her fear was that her brother would take it! I told my daughter that when the last Raider passed into history, she could have the print back.

Today, I returned the picture to her, and it had Richard Cole’s signature on it. Her comment was “it is the end of an era.”

Appropriate words for heroes of the greatest generation.

William Littlejohn

Spartanburg

CNN has lost its way with bias against Trump

For two years, the left-wing media has been accusing President Trump of collusion, maybe even conspiracy, in connection with the 2016 election, with the Russians. People, the verdict is in. There was no collusion with the Russians by Trump or any of his family, period.

But the mainstream media continues to seek the impeachment of Trump. Especially the real fake news organization CNN. They will never give up because they devoted the last two years and now have been exposed for their obvious bias against the duly elected president of the United States. They are so biased that they don’t even check what they say as long is it hurts Trump. They are so biased that they can’t even get quotes from 150 years ago right. Admiral David Farragut made a famous quote during the Civil War which was “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.” Today on his show, Morning Joe tried to show that he isn’t giving up on impeaching Trump. For what, I don’t know. But in his anger, he totally misquoted Admiral Farragut. He said it was “Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead.” As a Navy veteran, I can assure you there is no such speed as “full steam ahead.”

What kind of network would allow one of their main cronies to misquote a great man of history? I know, CNN, and it has have lost its way as a supposed news organization. Ted Turner has to be turning over in his grave.

Fire Morning Joe and his know-nothing wife. They are a disgrace to the American media.

Allen Danielsen

Gilbert

SC education reform bill hurts history

In the name of education reform, Senate Bill 3759 has eliminated the social studies assessments in the fifth and seventh grades, as well as the requirement that high school students pass an American History course with an end-of-course exam. As an American, you should be very concerned about this turn of events. This means your child or grandchild will no longer be taught the history of our state and nation in a meaningful way. The teacher’s emphasis in the classroom will always go to a subject area that is being assessed or tested.

In February of this year, The State printed an article titled, “Most in S.C. may not pass test to become a US citizen.” Students cannot be expected to become responsible citizens if they are never given sound basis for understanding world-changing ideals and principles upon which the nation was founded. The knowledge of our national story generates not only a sense of identity that unifies Americans but also creates a desire to become good, responsibly involved citizens. We must know the story of our past to not only to know and love our country but also so that we will not repeat the mistakes of our past. In order to achieve this, social studies should be receiving more time and support in schools, rather than less.

The bill has been now handed to the Senate where legislators are finalizing their proposed bill.

Helen Taylor

Columbia

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