Appreciative of ‘in-depth article’

I don’t know how to thank you for publishing the articles about my exhibit in the Chestnut Hill Local. My original intention of writing to your paper was just to publish an announcement about my exhibit. Instead, you honored me with an in-depth article about my background and artistic journey (“From Korea to Chestnut Hill, with stunning artistic skill,” June 7) as well as another illustrated reminder about my current exhibit with yet another “stunning” title.

In fact, I am not sure if I am deserving of such a title. I just graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and most of my paintings are experimental works as a student. So, this “Blooming” exhibit shows a wide range of subjects. This will probably be the last exhibit where I will be showing a variety of different genres.

Now, I am at the point of trying to figure out my niche. I am interested in so many aspects of painting that it is difficult to narrow it down. However, I am seeking to discover what really interests me, delving deeply into it so I can become a professional artist with my own unique vision.

I hope to find and explore it while I continue to paint by myself without any outside instruction. I want to develop myself as an authentic artist. I hope that you will keep an eye on my progress as I continue to travel the artistic journey I have embarked upon.

Thanks again for your great article about me. I will do my best to be truly the painter with “stunning artistic skill” and creativity, as your headline suggests.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Clara Soyoun Kim


Keep religion out of sports

We go to a ball game to watch a ball game.

Each has the right to worship their god in their own way. It’s personal. We wouldn’t suggest our brand of worship be forced on others. Therefore, we know religion should never be included at sporting events.

Each has the right to appreciate their country in their own way. It’s personal. We wouldn’t suggest our brand of patriotism be forced on others. Therefore, we know jingoism should never be included at sporting events.

So it’s settled. At sporting events there should be no symbol worship of any kind. God bless America. Amen. Play ball!

And team owners, if you’re enticed or coerced by the government to force people to worship, you must expect, and allow, each to do it his own way. It’s personal.

To treat Americans with any less dignity, with any less First Amendment freedom of speech rights, is to be as unpatriotic as our president.

Ray Culver Sr
Pocono Lake


An open, heartfelt, and (somewhat) respectful letter to POTUS.

Mr. Trump:

Please — for the sake of my country (the United States of America), our allies, your family, and yourself — resign your position as President of the United States.

It has been evident to anyone who has been watching, thinking, and reading that your behavior in this distinguished and venerable position has been humiliating and dangerous for the United States and damaging to the world.

I could create a long list of your transgressions, mistakes, misdeeds, and downright lies, but that’s not necessary.  Over and over, the lists have been done. Anyone can pick-up random copies of legitimate newspapers and magazines or tune into radio and news broadcasts of what you incorrectly and arrogantly refer to as “fake news.” It’s all there.

I won’t compare you to Hitler, as some have, but you certainly bear comparison to Sen. Joseph McCarthy before he took himself down with the Army-McCarthy hearings and Huey Long, another demagogue, who had his sights set on the White House. They were, perhaps, little Hitlers-in-training, like you. Although you, of course, improbably secured the highest office in the land.

Please, sir, for the good of the country that I love and you profess to love, for the well-being of your children and grandchildren, for my children, grandchildren, and all the generations to come, step down before you do any more damage—damage that could prove irreversible if not addressed now.

With respect for the office you hold,

Dennis Brookshire