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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Appearance of Confederate Labor Day float defended

Right or wrong, good or bad, Texas’ part in the Civil War is part of Texas history. We all should learn from history.

Trying to deny or forget history serves no one. That kind of thinking could cause us to repeat it.

Bob and Barbara Berlin Bandera

Different people at different times have used the Confederacy as a symbol of heritage or hate and as other things. Trying to reduce the Confederacy, its flag or a float to a single meaning distorts history and ignores the very real influence that history has on perceptions and meanings.

The Confederacy is part of American history and, yes, it represents racism in our past. The liberal push to erase history and not teach the young to learn from the past is wrong.

As far as honoring losers, I thought that was the liberal deal in the school system today. Everyone got a trophy; no one lost. Everyone passes.

Whenever I read one of these outrages, it reminds of: “Every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…History has stopped… Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.”

George Orwell’s “1984” is alive and well.

I guess now, with the hate and disrespect for the American flag, they are going to have to remove those.

No, we don’t always agree with one’s use of the 1st Amendment, but I thank God that we have one. But then, there lies the Left’s real problem: the constitution and God.

John Schuetze Bandera

Re: Wednesday, Sept. 18, Letter to the Editor about the Sons of the Confederacy float in the Labor Day Parade.

(It states in part) “since when did the United States start honoring losers?”

Mr. Redmond, many people on both sides of the Civil War lost loved ones, and it is inconceivable to me that anyone would be outraged by a float in a parade honoring the Sons of the Confederacy.

I seriously doubt that very many people in this day and time see a “symbol of bigotry,” as you stated. I see a symbol of history.

Good, bad or indifferent, you cannot erase history.

Melanie E. Clark Bandera

Editor’s note: Letter writers responded to a Sept. 18 Letter to the Editor criticizing the appearance of a float in Bandera’s Labor Day weekend parade that recognized those who served the Confederate States of America.