I firmly agree with those who say the Confederacy and its war heroes should be confined to history rather than honored.
Austin has taken a step in the right direction with regards to streets and monuments honoring Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, but the school district seems to have overlooked their school named in honor of John H. Reagan, who headed the new Confederate States Post Office Department.
While in a Union prison, he wrote an open letter to his fellow Texans urging cooperation with the Union, renunciation of secession, abolition of slavery and letting freed slaves vote, so perhaps we should forgive his Confederate service — but this part of his history has not been overlooked entirely. While there are elementary schools in Dallas and San Angelo that retain his name, Reagan High School in Houston is now Heights High School. Perhaps the Austin Independent School District should take this issue under consideration.
ROSEMARY MOORE, AUSTIN
Re: Aug. 19 article, “Only one flag will fly at Six Flags Over Texas.”
Six Flags has taken down all flags that represent the history of Texas, except the flag of our nation. It seems the pressure to hide our state’s and nation’s history is taking over.
I guess they should change their name to “One Flag Over Sissified Texas,” because some intelligent child might ask about the meaning of the Six Flags and someone around them be offended by the history lesson that our youth need to know.
It is a shame parts of our society bent on changing history because all of a sudden the left has decided this is a reasonable way to help hide history rather than learn from it.
BOB HANKINS, PFLUGERVILLE
Re: Aug. 19 article, “Austin doctor learned firsthand why giving birth can be life-threatening.”
The article in about dangerous complications during childbirth was sobering. I learned recently that the World Health Organization estimated in 2015 that 303,000 women around the world would die of complications during pregnancy and childbirth in that year alone. Most of these deaths occur in the poorest countries in the world, places where medical care teams described in the article are nonexistent.
There is a bill in the U.S. Senate right now that would help begin to remedy that situation. The Reach Every Mother and Child Act of 2017 would make it possible for many more health workers to be trained, including skilled birth attendants. The bill focuses on the highest-impact, evidence-based interventions, including quality prenatal care and management of labor and delivery. Even women living where no hospital is available deserve to be supported during pregnancy and child-birth.
I urge Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to co-sponsor this legislation.
ELOISE SUTHERLAND, AUSTIN