Tom Waddell’s opinion page article, “Real history prepares people for complex world,” (Aug. 8), evidenced the result of inadequate revision drafts. Stephen King’s meaningful publication “On Writing” hammered home the relevancy of repeated revisions of written pieces: “First drafts are our worse drafts.”

Waddell is president of the Maine Chapter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. In his second paragraph, this fathomless sentence appeared: “How is forcing everyone to obey your beliefs religious freedom?” Editorial page guidelines reasonably debunk, private or personal matters. Why the personal assumption faith was aimed in his direction?

Tom’s piece suggests: “Now is the time to create a society where, to paraphrase Martin Luther King Jr., people will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” But that society has been a valued work in progress since the Rev. King spoke those words. Tom pulled a Rip Van Winkle.

In the next to last paragraph, Waddell wrote: “We need to end the practice of police making traffic stops for the crime of driving while black.” Tom didn’t tell us if the “crime” was a felony or a misdemeanor.

Tonight, on my knees, he needs a prayer.


John Benoit


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