Don't negate history, celebrate successes
Unfortunately, the Confederate battle flag was hijacked decades ago by vicious hate groups and individuals under whom it became a symbol of horrors and injustices. For that reason, it is right to remove it from all public places including license plates.
But knee-jerk reaction beyond that amounts to the erasure of history. Kentucky has a rich Civil War history, both North and South. Both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis came from this state. It is quite fitting that the Davis statue remain in the Capitol. It can provide an excellent teaching opportunity and historical perspective. Taking away or rearranging historic pieces negates history, making it inconsequential.
Remember that Washington had slaves as did many of the Founding Fathers. Lincoln's wife's family had slaves. When Lincoln freed the slaves, he did not free those in the border states, including Kentucky, nor in the North, for tactical reasons.
Instead of removing statues or artifacts related to the Civil War, add more statues to celebrate the African-Americans from Lexington who have achieved so much, as we have with Oliver Lewis Way and the library's tribute to Isaac Murphy. Let's have both sides represented fairly and truthfully.
Vicki Chiles Johnston
All are created equal
I can understand why African-Americans and others are offended by the Confederate battle flag still being flown in some of our state capitals. Our country was founded on the awesome principle that all men are created equal. We have strived, and often stumbled, for 239 years to live up to that principle.
The confederate states, conversely, were founded on the principal that our founding fathers really didn't mean all men were created equal, only white men. Jefferson Davis believed black men were created to be slaves of white men.
The Confederate flag is a symbol of that time, when men like Davis, however brilliant they were at other endeavors, were nonetheless ignorant and didn't know any better than what they were taught to believe by their fathers about black men.
Any flag that flies in a government place should represent the first principle we were founded on; that all men are created equal and the Confederate flag does not.
Return to God
The worst form of child abuse is abortion. Subjecting minds to the ideas of homosexuals and transgenders is sinful and needs to stop. Bruce Jenner is not a woman, no matter what he has done to himself.
It is time to put an end to this foolishness. Each year this nation gets further and further away from God, and the further we get from him, the further down the proverbial toilet we go.
But there is a way out of where we are going, and that is to turn back to the Lord Jesus Christ, to repent of our sins, and to start doing what is right. God is still in the saving business. There is still hope for America, our cities and states.
Jeffrey T. Ruble
Education, not revisionism
I am the first to join the movement to remove the Confederate flag from all official government buildings. This should have been done after the South lost the Civil War.
But I do not support a ban on the Confederate flag. The flag must be shown for what it was, when it was: in museums, books, even souvenirs, if there is a market for them. Just because another's expression offends me does not give me the right to call for its extinction; the next time it might be my expression that is on that chopping block. Education, not legislation, is the best weapon against offensive expression.
I must speak up for the preservation of all things historical, including the statue of Jefferson Davis in the Kentucky Rotunda. Removing it does not remove the historical record, instead, it concedes an air of cowardice and shame for which no Kentuckian should hang their head.
That Kentucky fathered both the president of the Confederacy and of the United States—Abraham Lincoln — is an insight into the unique, if ambiguous nature of Kentucky, both during the American Civil War and today. We do not change our makeup just by removing parts of its evidence, nor should we.
Rebecca L. Briley
Think, vote with reason
Recently I traveled from Knoxville to Washington D.C. by commercial bus. Nearly all the passengers and drivers were African-American.
Now I read the headlines and wonder that any apprehension warranted on that bus might have been on the part of those passengers, wondering what this white guy, me, might be up to.
Reading on, I'm told how much Kentucky hates "Obamacare" and "Obama's War on Coal". Sam Youngman can't stop reminding us how "wildly unpopular" Obama is in Kentucky. (Is 58-42 really that wild?)
Even Democratic candidates run from him like the plague. I remember verbal attacks on presidents from FDR to George W., but nothing as relentless as this. Gee, could racism be at play here? If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck....
Our childrens' future should be our greatest concern, even more than the price of electricity or Coach Cal's recruits. Reasoned and non-partisan deliberation on issues is demanded.
And yet too many will let anger, foggy nostalgia, machismo, misinformation and rigid ideology follow them to the voting booth. We should be better than this, Kentucky.