Robert E. Lee

To the Editor:

Having read two biographies of Robert E. Lee and innumerable Civil War histories, I think I’m on fairly firm ground in asserting that not only would he be appalled by the violence in Charlotettsville, but by there being a statue of him in the first place. Lee, the most modest of men, became a symbol of reconciliation after the war and he deserves a high place in our history. But just who was this man?

Like the Civil War itself, Lee was a bundle of contradictions. He personally opposed slavery and secession yet resigned his army commission and fought for the Confederacy. By 1864 he had become the stalwart figure of southern resistance. In a symbolic sense he had become the Confederacy, beloved by his army, the Army of Northern Virginia, and by countless other southerners. Indeed, he was highly regarded by Union generals not only for his brilliance in war but for his being a most honorable gentleman.

But let us not forget that Lee was a man of his time. In 1861 did he believe in racial equality? He did not, but neither did Abraham Lincoln. When Lincoln called for volunteers to defend the union after the attack on Fort Sumter, Virginia, which had at first voted against secession now voted in favor of it. Lee declared that, though he considered himself a good American, he would never fight against fellow Virginians and thus resigned from the army. If there are to be statues of Robert E. Lee, let there be ones of a man not on horseback but one in civilian clothes. The plaque in front of the statue could be the words he used in his letter of resignation in which he stated that he had to stay true to his principles of honor and to follow his conscience. His was a tragic mistake as was the war that followed.

Daniel Connell


Shame on you

To the Editor:

In reading the banner story on Tuesday’s Union Democrat, I was at first pleased by the apparent demonstration in support of the peoples of Charlottesville, Virginia, by a non-partisan gathering.

Soon though, in the article, the duplicity of purpose was revealed in that all which appeared to be good was soon negated by a call for a new president. When will the left learn? You have a new president. His name is Donald J. Trump, and he was duly elected by this nation. This nation will only thrive when the citizens come together and support the elements and protections contained in our Constitution.

Face it, you are constantly involved in efforts to accuse through imagined shortfalls in what the president is doing, while completely avoiding and ignoring real violations by Wasserman-Shultz, Hillary Clinton, Warren, Comey, and a host of others who have a preponderance of evidence clearly shown.

Wake up, Democrats. This may not be a path you wish to espouse as your leaders create dialog counter to what is needed. The cry should be for liberty and justice for all.

James Dresbach

Cedar Ridge

Assault on God

To the Editor:

The ACLU, atheists, liberal judges, etc., are making an aggressive effort to keep God and the Bible out of public places, our government and our schools. They insist that the constitution requires “separation of church and state.”

Look carefully at the constitution. It doesn’t mention “separation of church and state.” Former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist called the phrase a “misleading metaphor,” and stated that “it ought to be abandoned.”

Consider the attitudes of our founding fathers. Fifty-six of them signed the Declaration of Independence, which refers to God four times. President George Washington referred to “Almighty God” in recommending “a Day of Thanksgiving and prayer.” President Abraham Lincoln prayer for “this nation under God.” Every president of the United States, in his inaugural address, mentioned God.

Can men silence God? No more than they can prevent an earthquake, a tornado, a hurricane, or a sunrise.

Gene Henry


I’m free to voice my opinion

To the Editor:

To the anonymous man who called my home on the evening of Aug. 3, displeased with the content of my editorial letter “Toddler-in-Chief”, which ran that morning: when I woke up today this was still America and ad such I’m entitled to my opinion and free to express it in this newspaper forum. Were you so threatened by what I wrote that you felt justified in looking up my number and treating me to your unsolicited claptrap? Have the numerous writers of letters similar to mine also merited your pitiful, misguided attentions?

I invite you to man up and write letters to the editor containing your own opinions, and sign your name instead of hiding behind the cowardly cloak of anonymity in order to intimidate me, for that’s only what your intent could have been. I certainly don’t agree with your views, but I wouldn’t dream of looking you up to impose mine on you simply because I didn’t like what you wrote.

You are entitled to your opinions and I respect your right to have them. Just know that your ill-contrived actions have only bolstered me to stand steadfastly by mine: Donald Trump is so not good for America.

Shannon Mills


He nailed it

To the Editor:

Kudo’s to James Schlotthauer for his letter on Aug. 8, 2017

I’m surprised that the new liberal editor, from back east, even allowed its publication.

Maybe she (the editor) realizes that we are as a majority, a conservative,independent community.

C. Pesha