Letters to the Editor

Our past will not change

When this country was founded it was purposed that things would be done at the will of the majority. The passage of laws and the election of our president, members of Congress and members of the Supreme Court.

Somewhere we lost our way. This country has become ruled by the loudest minority.

School-led prayer was removed; the people remained silent. They took the words of Thomas Jefferson and wove them into the First Amendment and were able to separate anything religious from anything governmental. The people remained silent.

For over 100 years after the end of the Civil War, statues honoring patriots on both sides of the conflict were erected in various parks. Today a few malcontents are demanding they all be removed and once again the minority rules and our local governments ignore the will of the majority.

As long as the majority are content to remain silent, we will continue to see the loss of individual rights and freedoms. A wise man once stated, “If we do not remember our past, we are doomed to repeat it.” We do not have to live in the past but the past is our history. Trying to remove the evidence of our past will not change it. All these efforts do is breed resentment, hostility and eventually riot. The evidence is all around us. Good responsive government could end this.

Stuart Beardslee