Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Scrap heap of history

Jewish folks would never embrace relics, symbols or remnants from the holocaust. Sitting Bull’s ancestors would never allow remnants from Gen. George Armstrong Custer to be memorized in the form of a holiday.

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Not statuesque

The statues debate needs to consider the fundamental purpose of statues of historical figures. That purpose is the honoring of the person. If that person, on or off of a horse, had a life of exceptional honor, the statue is legitimate. If his or hers was not a life of honor and noble deeds the statue is not deserved.

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Cure for the racists

I recently read about two Kentucky heroes who belatedly received the French Legion of Honor for their roles on D-Day and defeating Nazi Germany. That same afternoon I saw on TV violence caused by a group of idiots in Charlottesville, Va. marching under the swastika and the KKK using the Confederate flag to proclaim white supremacy.

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Goose-step duck-walk

White supremacy, specifically American white supremacy — the deep-seated belief that whites are superior to all other races and ethnicities — seems to be at the very root of how we ended up with Donald Trump as president.

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No more fence sitting

Protest is a sign of a healthy democracy. However, protest does not mean you should be able to intimidate by carrying a gun. It does not mean you should be able to intimidate by wearing military uniforms, or by waving flags reminiscent of Nazi Germany. Using slogans about blood and soil is not American. It’s fascism. Too many Americans died to stop this pernicious evil in World War II.

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Left taking away rights

Statues being torn down to keep law and order, or just to appease a group on the left that also pulls people out of cars and beats them for having bumper stickers the group doesn’t approve of, that setting fires at Berkeley in California.

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Keep Jefferson Davis in Capitol

I am writing to encourage the state to keep the statue of Jefferson Davis in the Capitol Rotunda. The statue should contain a small plaque which reads, “Jefferson Davis was President of the Confederacy. His objective was to continue slavery. He was a Democrat.”

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Honor Heather’s life

The memorial service for Heather Heyer was held in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday with many people wearing purple, her favorite color. She was a young paralegal with a beautiful smile who believed deeply in equality and justice.

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Leave statues alone

Does it occur to anyone that Confederate history happened, whether we, in 2017, judge it moral or not? Monuments were erected to these men because our Southern ancestors believed they were worthy of being honored and remembered. I like to ask those in power not to try to rewrite the storyline of what occurred in the history of the South. I am terribly sorry that history offends anyone, but to try to make it invisible and erase it is not right. It all happened whether you want to believe it or not. I do not want to be held hostage to those who demand that somehow we need to make our history more palatable.

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Better things to focus on

History is history and can’t be changed by moving statues, renaming streets and trying to rewrite the past. Moving Confederate statues changes nothing, except the good feelings liberals get from doing useless things.

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Don’t erase our past

It is the media and those who want to be politically correct who bring the issue of old statues to light. Those statues in the state Capitol and in Lexington have been there for years, yet only now is there a problem with them.

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Tennis coverage lacking

Tennis coverage lackingI am terribly disappointed in the paper’s lack of coverage of the Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships, especially the fact that the Aug. 2 Herald-Leader reported the men’s results but no women’s.

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Sad loss of ancestors’ home

It is with great sadness that we learn about the loss of our family’s ancestral home, that of Judge John Boyle, son of an old pioneering, Revolutionary warrior, Major John Boyle, who fought with Col. Daniel Boone. Judge Boyle, who emerged as one of the great legal minds of the then 15 United States of his season, was well known for his jurisprudence beyond the borders of the Bluegrass State.

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