Your Turn: Feb. 25

February 24, 2019

About disrespectRe: “NFL takes a knee, but Kaepernick gets the win,” Sports, Feb. 17:Mike Finger wrote a column supporting Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem. Finger said, “It’s not just about football.”He’s right! It’s not just about football: It’s about disrespecting our flag, it’s about disrespecting our national anthem, it’s about disrespecting the men and women who died to give us freedom, and it’s about disrespecting the men and women who serve in the military to keep that freedom.Kaepernick may have concerns, but the pampered millionaire surely can find other platforms to share those concerns.Fred MartinA safe distanceRe: “Rainbow in white,” Your Turn, Feb. 17:I take it the letter writer is unaware of the irony in his or her paean to the ladies dressed in white: The real Ladies in White protested, with great courage and at grave personal risk, the brutal socialist regime in Cuba, which several of those pictured no doubt support with all their hearts (at a safe and comfortable distance, of course).James E. LoydSouth’s bad ideasRe: “Let statues stand,” Your Turn, Feb. 16:Thanks to Richard Brewer for reminding us that slavery was not the only bad idea the South fought for. Pretending for a moment that the South did not secede for the sake of preserving (and expanding slavery), is there anything at all that Americans should celebrate about the Confederacy?Had the South been permitted to secede, it would have set off an endless series of secessions in both North and South. America would be a patchwork of weak countries constantly squabbling with each other. There would be no United States to spread peace and prosperity or oppose fascism or communism. I’m sure many in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia would have agreed that is worth a monument or two.God bless Abraham Lincoln.Brian KingNo, take downRe: “Let statues stand,” Your Turn, Feb. 16:Richard Brewer, in pointing to the Confederate constitution, claims that slavery was not the primary cause of the war. In this he is wrong. One has only to look at the Texas Declaration of Causes, dated Feb. 2, 1861, to see that the preservation of slavery was uppermost in the minds of those who sought secession.The Confederate constitution of Texas also addresses the preservation of slavery, forbidding the emancipation of slaves in Texas and denying any requirement to treat slaves humanely.As the great-great-granddaughter of a Texas Confederate soldier, I say take down the statues. If you want to learn history, read the significant documents of that time and understand it was all about slavery.Charlene H. Ibrom, Adkins