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Tony Lee: The idea that the Con­fed­er­ate flag rep­re­sents racism is laugh­able. This is a rewrite of his­tory by a few to at­tack those they’re po­lit­i­cally op­posed to.

The Hays school board has banned the Con­fed­er­ate flag en­tirely on district prop­erty and at dis­trict­spon­sored events, af­ter vot­ing in 2000 to phase out its of­fi­cial use.

Mike Moeller: So much for lib­eral tol­er­ance. What hap­pened to the First Amend­ment?

Carla DeSan­tis: Cel­e­brat­ing slav­ery is tol­er­ance?

Scott Hol­land: It’s stupid. The Con­fed­er­ate flag was not a flag of racism; it was a flag of the Con­fed­er­ate mil­i­tary.

Kelly Sac­co­manno: Ahh, ig­no­rance. It rep­re­sents trea­son, for the pur­pose of cling­ing to the life­style of slav­ery. Peo­ple crow­ing about some “her­itage” are laugh­able. And really, con­don­ing trea­son. Yet th­ese same peo­ple will be the first bleat­ing about AMURRICA. Pick one.

Kevin Pier­point: By all means, do some­thing cos­metic to ad­dress the prob­lem rather than ac­tu­ally ad­dress it.

Robin Rieck: The only place that flag be­longs is in a his­tory book.

Barry Woltag: Aside from merely drop­ping the Con­fed­er­ate flag, the Hays school district should drop the Rebel name al­to­gether and adopt a new name. Get in­volved in the dis­cus­sion about the day’s news on

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