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