Originally created 11/18/96

Lauds Bob Dole for standing firm



Editor, The Chronicle:

We had a brother on Iwo Jima who thought only sissies cried. However, every time he spoke of the American flag being raised on Mount Suribachi, he had to stop and clear his throat. It meant so much to all of the Americans under fire, to see it up there waving proudly. Maybe it was ripped a little by shell fire and the terrible battles going on below. But it was there - and it stayed!

Many of us feel another flag has been raised, held up by a badly injured man, who, like our Marines, doesn't know how to give up. It would have been easy on Iwo Jima just to surrender and get it over. They didn't. They couldn't. He can't. He has seen it through, too.

Bob Dole taught us a lesson in Americanism. Stand fast and hold to your principles - don't lie, don't steal, don't cheat. He reminded us of what we learned in grammar school.

In our South, we have many heroes. But the one who makes our hearts beat faster was honored by Gen. Robert E. Lee when he said, "There stands Jackson like a stone wall!" If Gen. Lee was alive today, he could not fail to note another man who stood against all the odds - the polls and the press. Bob Dole; standing like a stone wall!

Esther Young Mewhisen, Augusta