Once again, Jim Kempton has “nailed it,” this time on the issue of the Confederate flag. I’ve long wondered why some of my fellow Americans consider it appropriate to fly a flag that represents an enemy government of the United States of America.
I have no problem with Southerners being proud of some aspects of their heritage, such as their cuisine, music, literature and architectural heritage. But the death and destruction that resulted from the secession of Southern slave states, the formation of the Confederate States of America and the resulting Civil War (which killed about 2 percent of the population and left many more severely injured) have left wounds on our national psyche that are still with us today. One hundred and fifty years have passed since the surrender of the Confederate forces. It’s now time to put this horrible chapter in our history to rest. Thank you, Jim Kempton, for so eloquently stating what needs to be said. You are a true local treasure!