Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The letters and concerns about prostitutes are frequently expressed in our papers and at city meetings. I will agree that something should be done. However, no amount of laws or increased police presence will eliminate the women’s presence on our streets and highways.
These women have names which I dare say most people who complain about them do not know. They are called names and given names, not as nice as prostitute. These women are people with all kinds of needs and problems. At one time, I stopped and gave one an umbrella to shield her from the rain.
On another occasion I passed one walking and asked her name, then asked her if my wife and I picked her up on Sunday would she go to church with us. She said she went to church. Not to toot my horn, but to share thoughts that stir the spirit in me. There are hundreds of Christian people in our county, and probably more churches and preachers than any surrounding county. Since letters, laws and the enforcement agencies have not worked, may I suggest that a dedicated, concerned, and Godly-loving presence on the streets and highways speaking to these women might be worth trying.
“The Savior of men came to seek and to save ... and still there are fields where laborers are few. And still there are souls without bread ... Except I am moved with compassion, How dwelleth thy Spirit in me?” (Albert Orsborn).
Finally may I remind everyone that where there is light, the darkness is gone.
Charles E. Hampton Sr.