Accept responsibility: Sign name

    After reading your decision about "Name withheld" letters, it reminds me that we should give honor to those who accepted the risk that freedom demands when they signed America's "Declaration of Independence."
    Consider the final sentence of that document. "And, for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
    When truth needs to be proclaimed, courageous men will put their popularity, their money, their lives, and their names on the line.
    This is an appropriate time to give dishonor to the cowards called "Name withheld" whose letters have cluttered this newspaper. Had the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence insisted their names be withheld, we would still be living under the tyranny of foreign rule.
    We must accept the responsibility involved in maintaining our freedoms, including standing behind the truth with our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

Michael S. Cole, M.D.
13 May 1997
Southwest Times Record