Editor,

The editorial by Emily Kirby on January 29th, “Respect in the South,” certainly resonated with me. I found myself pulling aside for a funeral procession just last week, and, even at age 72, I got a lump in my throat. To see all these cars pulling off beside the highway in respect for the family is still awesome to me. Everyone, including myself, is always “in a hurry.” But, I hope, at least in my lifetime, this precious Southern Tradition survives. To spend a few moments reflecting on life, death, and eternity should do everyone some good. I suppose many parts of our country would find this tradition ridiculous — but this adds just one more thing that I love about the South, my home!

Gary Haas, Fort Payne

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