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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

In response to Denise Sullivan’s letter

Jim Dickson is known to be an interesting, kind gentleman who has a talent for writing. I can’t imagine anyone describing him as “rude” or as someone who puts down or insults people who do not agree with him.

Ms. Sullivan, unfortunately, used the r-word – racist – to further her rant against Jim. Of course that word is meant to provoke anger against this man, even though it is not true. What will she do next to get him “fired?” Perhaps picket the newspaper with signs calling for his termination?

This is ridiculous. I didn’t want to become part of this discussion, but I also didn’t want Ms. Sullivan’s remarks to go unchallenged. Mr. Dickson is a well liked and admired resident of our community. I can only imagine how shocked our neighbors were to read her assault on this talented writer who has an exemplary reputation among those who know him.

Disparaging Jim with her remarks was bad enough. Calling him a “racist” was so outrageous, I felt compelled to respond to her attack.

– Pat Lundgren, St. Helena Island


Depressed by Denise Sullivan

I’m not sure what stirred Denise Sullivan with such vitriol about Jim Dickson and his recent Opinion pieces in The Island News. My own reactions were positive, and I’m gratified that The Island News is willing to publish viewpoints from all sides.

What I find disturbing, even depressing, is Ms. Sullivan’s wish to stifle ideas she doesn’t like. Her suggestion that Mr. Dickson is racist because he used a cave in Mexico metaphor is frankly malignant, as is her statement that he is “just another Republican who has no positive platform.”

I fail to see the benefit of canceling people because of their political or social thoughts. Perhaps Mrs. Sullivan would feel more at peace in a country where only certain ideas are allowed public expression. My thanks to The Island News for supporting a free press.

– Roger Hatcher, St. Helena Island

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