Don’t remove memorials
Wouldn’t it be nice to allow history to be history? We have huge problems in Baltimore, so why must we waste time arguing over statues that hardly anyone notices (“Rawlings-Blake delays decision on Confederate memorials,” Sept. 15)? I have studied the Civil War, and it’s a fact that Maryland and Baltimore were divided. One faction wanted to join the Confederate States of America and the other was just as determined to remain in the Union. I believe leaving the statues in place and adding educational, interpretive signs is the ideal solution, not just a temporary one.
The statues can teach us not just about the horrors of that war but also about the causes leading up to it.
What I don’t want is to have my tax money spent on costly removals or destruction of these monuments. We need to stop trying to bury American history because parts of it are painful. No, oftentimes discomfort is the best teacher of all!