Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, July 15, 2015

‘Unjust and losing war’

As a Vietnam veteran, I was appalled to see that the Vietnam veterans who fought and died in what C. Jack Ellis coined as “another unjust and losing war.” He obviously does not understand that soldiers are called to duty regardless of their political ideologies and strive to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and to come home safely. Monuments, like The Wall in Washington, D.C., honor our fallen heroes who served in Vietnam as the monument on Cotton Avenue honors the fallen soldiers of the Civil War.

Historians probably identify the Civil War as “another unjust and losing war” as many of our recent conflicts have been called, but, we still honor those who fell without justifying the war or conflict as whether it was just or unjust or won or lost. Monuments for the fallen are not “racists” symbols, but, only to honor fallen soldiers. Ellis should go over to Pleasant Hill and tell Sgt. Rodney Davis that he fought and died in “another unjust and losing war.”

-- Bill Jackson


What’s next?

In an open letter to Mayor Reichert, former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis called for the Confederate statue on Cotton Avenue to be removed and relocated to a museum or cemetery. First of all, Ellis is wrong. There are many statues and monuments around the world dedicated to the soldiers who fought on the losing side of a war. One example is the Vietnam War which by all accounts we lost. There are many statues and monuments to the brave soldiers (Ellis being one of them) who fought in that war. They are not in Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City; they are on the home soil of those who fought.

If Ellis is serious and wants to remove all vestiges of an ugly part of our nation’s past then perhaps he should start by demanding to ban the Democrat Party. After all, it was the Democrats who tried to preserve slavery by seceding from the union, it was Democrats who implemented Jim Crow laws, and it was Democrats who forced segregation until it was banned by court decisions and laws in the 1950s and 1960s.

However, removing the Confederate statue is not the issue. Ellis is pandering to his low information constituency by using dead Confederate soldiers in an attempt to prove that he cares while doing absolutely nothing to help the black community. I might even agree to have the statue removed if doing so would do anything to help blacks. Please tell me how removing the statue will help improve education in the black community? How will it help the black unemployment rate? Will it stop black thugs from bum-rushing Wal-Mart at two in the morning? Will it help reduce the 75 percent of blacks born out of wedlock? Everyone knows that the roar over the Confederate flag, statue, grave sites, etc. is all a smokescreen to obscure the real issues facing black America.

What is very scary are Orwellian liberals such as Ellis who want to rewrite history by attempting to ban books, stifle speech, remove monuments and dig up Confederate graves. The Soviets did the same thing under Stalin. What’s next, torching the antebellum slave plantations that are still standing?

-- Sloan Oliver


Not a traitor

Recently we have seen a movement by people who have made it their mission to remove historical monuments because they conflict with their ideology. Because they can only allow a narrow-minded view of the world to exist, they must erase any reference of an opposing idea. Many at this point would think that I am talking about ISIS destroying history throughout the Middle East. They would be wrong. I am talking about an American version of ISIS that is surging though the South.

C. Jack Ellis recently sent an open letter to The Telegraph taking the current mayor to task for not relocating Confederate monuments or markers to obscure locations. In the letter he called the men who died for their hometowns traitors to the United States for fighting for the Confederacy. Ellis, I say enough. As a descendant of a Confederate soldier, I find his words highly offensive. Even though I acknowledge his right to label my ancestor as such, it is still in very poor taste.

To erase history, is to fail to learn from it. How does removing markers that pay tribute to men who genuinely thought they were dying for something worth saving, make history more palatable for him? Please do not take the ravings of a lunatic to represent the mindset of many honorable men and women both past and present. My ancestor was not a traitor. He was a man doing what he thought was right.

-- Karl S. Adams



Amidst all of the sadness regarding the nine individuals killed in Charleston, South Carolina, and the removal of the Confederate flag, controversy over statues and other objects as symbols of racism in America being removed, I felt compelled to write this letter.

I do agree that these objects are a stark and vivid representation of racism, but I do not agree that all should be removed. Why? Black Americans are given one month each year in which to learn, read and hear their history in schools all across America. Our children deserve to know the reasons why these actions are being done not just do them without the background. The majority of our children do not have any conception of the Civil Rights Movement because many parents were not a part of the movement and the schools no longer allow actual footage or information concerning these critical times in history to become a part of the curriculum.

So many who were involved in the struggle have died or are at an age where memory is not reliable, so these “relics” need to serve as a constant reminder or picture of what many sacrificed for the freedoms in which they can now enjoy. Let future generations know and understand the background behind these “relics” so that the struggle for all men to be equal regardless of race, creed, or national origin will continue.

-- Sherrye Battle


Get over it

So my G’pop was a traitor huh? Jack, he should really gotta check these things out before he goes ‘round insulting folks. Lets see now, if my grandfather Critt was a traitor because he fought against the U.S., then what about his grandfather? Seems he fought against the British. Samuel was his name and he fought with the likes of George Washington, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, Thomas Jefferson and a host of others.

I’m sure that in his bigoted little mind this makes perfectly good sense, so let’s look at the other side of this coin. Patriots are the ones who win. Rebels lose. It’s as simple as that. Traitors on the other hand, sell out their country for personal gain.

Jack’s tirade, such as he had in Sunday’s paper, serve only to divide our community. I, along with many others, take his naming our forefathers as traitors with great insult. I’m sure he thinks he got some political gain from this but he really didn’t. He just convinced my friends and I to work harder than ever to defeat any endeavor he might undertake. Besides, there are many in our community who will see right through him.

Some advice C. Jack: Stop whining and get over it. The history of that war is not going away.

-- Clifford Dunaway


Kudos for Mack

Leroy Mack’s “The long, lost art of civility” (Saturday, 7/11, The Telegraph): impressed me. It is extremely well-written, insightful and appropriately timed. I highly recommend it as a mantra for our local politics. It has made me mindful of the opposition view. Thank you Mr. Mack.

-- Benjy Griffith


Erase history?

I have lived in Macon for almost 59 years, all the historic statues and all the old flags have never caused me to hate or dislike anyone for any reason. You can’t erase or rewrite history, you can only learn and make corrections from it. I guess when we remove all the history from the city and rename Macon to Jack’s Town then maybe Ellis will be happy but then there will be nothing left for him to complain about?

-- Steven Huff


No free lunch

In reference to the summer free lunch program in Friday’s July 3, edition of The Telegraph. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Someone (the taxpayer) is paying for it.

-- Mike Wilson