It seems we want to honor our Confederate forefathers but are uncomfortable acknowledging why they fought. Should you feel guilty about slavery? Of course not. You never owned slaves. But you should be aware of the effects of slavery that persist.
Consider accumulated family wealth. The G.I. bill enabled soldiers to buy homes, but banks refused to grant loans to blacks. Then, there is the wealth accumulated on the backs of slave labor. It is easy to attribute differences to one’s personal industry or intelligence. It is more difficult to understand ameliorating factors that affect people’s lives.
The issue is genuine respect and dignity for all people and cultures. If you grasp your purse tighter when a person of another race walks by; if you expect more of this or less of that because of the color of a person’s skin; then you also are part of the legacy of slavery.
MARY GRIFFITH, GEORGETOWN
So, football players taking a prayerful stance during the national anthem is considered “disrespect?” Amazing.
Stomping on the flag, setting fire to it, spitting on it would certainly be disrespectful — but kneeling, with your head bowed? Seriously?
The fact that this “disrespect” is carried out to draw attention to the festering sore of racism seems to have eluded all the armchair patriots who are once again screaming, “Amur-ca, love it or leave it.” How about love it and make it better?
DENNIS PRATT, GEORGETOWN
OK, President Trump. We see you trying to color this about the anthem and not justice for all. You’re not going to get away with it.
All you Trumpets drink the Kool-Aid but know this is about justice for all, not about the anthem or disrespecting America’s military. I understand all you see are the optics of players kneeling during the anthem.
However, you are an intelligent American capable of understanding the justice-for-all narrative expressed by the players. They take a knee for justice for all.
You say you desire for people of color to feel safe. People of color felt they weren’t safe because of law enforcement’s actions. Walk a mile in their skin. Drive while black. Have a little empathy for the big picture of justice for all.
Yes, it is a simple issue when you stick to the facts of justice for all.
GLENN KELLY, LEANDER
Re: June 8 letter to the editor, “Plenty done for minorities. Stand.”
So, what you are saying is that if you are in your home, alone and watching the Dallas Cowboys and the national anthem begins to play, then you get out of your recliner, stand at attention with your right hand over your heart and sing along?
Because if you don’t, I’m going suggest you leave the country as soon as you can pack your bags.
If anyone has missed the point, it would be you. We don’t need any more hypocrites in this country. The swamp is about to overflow its banks.
DAVID COMPTON, LAMPASAS
While visiting my son and his family in Austin last month, we went to Cheddar’s for dinner. We ordered an appetizer of onion rings that turned out to be a mammoth serving.
Soon, an older gentleman appeared at our table with a paper napkin. “You’ve probably never had this happen to you at a restaurant,” he said, “but my wife [he nodded towards a lady across the room who was waving timidly] sent me over to see if you would let her try an onion ring. They look delicious.”
Our son invited him to help himself. When we asked for the check, our waiter told us that it had already been paid by that couple. “He even paid the tip.” We were so surprised. Because the waiter was honest about having already received a tip, we gave him another. We all left that night with warm feelings of gratitude.
JANET HILL, ANDERSON, S.C.
I’ve seen numerous stories about helping control mosquitoes.
Here’s something I’ve never seen mentioned: You should check your pets’ outside water bowls. They may be overlooked, since they aren’t included in the “standing water” caution.
Rather frequently, I’ve seen little wigglers in the water bowl. I watch for them daily. I empty and wash the bowl quickly. I don’t want my dog drinking mosquito larvae.
GAIL PITCHFORD, AUSTIN
Re: June 6 article, “D-Day Heroes Lie In Quiet Repose.”
I was thrilled to read Martin C. Evans’ beautiful piece, “D-Day Heroes Lie In Quiet Repose.”
To quote Evans: “From D-Day through August 21, the Allies landed more than two million men in northern France and suffered more than 226,000 killed, wounded or missing. … As many as 20,000 French civilians perished in the fighting.”
Evans describes the landings of “large numbers of invading Allies [who] were shot as soon as their landing craft opened their doors. Still more drowned … in the heavy surf, pulled under by the weight of their military gear. … But still … the invasion went on.”
Former Staff Sgt. Paul Tropeano, 95, witnessed the aftermath of this initial assault. “There were hundreds and hundreds of dead, and I had tears in my eyes. I promised them then I would tell the world how they died. They are all Purple Heart heroes.”
JO ANN FARABEE, AUSTIN