As oncologists still struggle with the so-far incurable ravages of the body, likewise, the evil we inflicted upon our body politic several centuries ago yet defies extinction.

 

Just over one hundred and fifty years ago, a cannon was fired in the bay of Charleston, South Carolina; it ignited a conflagration resulting from our inattention to that malignant growth

 

In an old church in that same city, itself a relic of that pathology, a young man, born scarcely one score years ago, perpetrated tragedy impelled by a remote affliction with that ancient disease.

 

We debate (or not) how to protect ourselves against pernicious human slaughter raging half a world away; still we continue to stoke the fires that sear the mind, heart and soul here at home.

 

The plight of the oncologists is that they deal with the unknown.

 

What excuse have we for not utilizing a known cure for our ailment?

 

 

South Carolina capitol

South Carolina Capitol Building and its "proud" display

 

 

 

Curtis W. Long

Curtis W. Long

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