Boy, oh, boy. Arrogance and hypocrisy combined. Never thought I'd see the day a newspaper, much less The Columbian, would preach against the First Amendment freedom of speech, the lifeblood of journalism, as in the July 11 editorial "Cheers & Jeers: Local Confederate flag must go."
Alta Lunsford's July 17 letter "History behind flag memorable" stated the Confederate flag is not about race and is not a symbol of hate since the South had seceded from the U.S. and established its own government with all of the incumbent trappings of a new government. I would beg to differ.
I read, with interest and bemusement, N. Stanton Platt's July 12 letter to the editor, "'Known' facts can mislead." Platt states, correctly, that the Biblical edict that marriage is between one man and one woman didn't even last until the end of Genesis, Chapter 4. I believe, however, that he confuses the intention of God with the intransigence of Man.
After another ear-jarring, pet-terrorizing, harrowing day and late evening experiencing wartime noise levels and cascading fireballs filtering through the tall trees in our mature forested east Vancouver neighborhood, I'm amazed we escaped incineration considering the tinder-dry conditions, heat and the massive volume of large aerial ordnance exploding in the trees all around us. As always, four garden hoses were unrolled and ready in their inadequacy as we guarded our home.
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