Re­mem­ber the past

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Re­gard­ing “Let’s rid our­selves of Con­fed­er­ate statue” (Page A15, Aug. 21), if we for­get the past, we can­not learn from it to cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture. Wip­ing out ev­ery hor­ri­ble thing in our past will not change the fact that the events still hap­pened.

Even worse, some peo­ple will be­gin in­vent­ing their own ver­sions of the past, glo­ri­fy­ing and ce­ment­ing the false no­tions they carry about the Con­fed­er­acy.

In­stead, I want it so that one day we can re­mem­ber the truth about the Con­fed­er­acy. So that we can never again make the same mis­takes made in the past. And so that peo­ple in the fu­ture can­not only con­fi­dently say “we won,” but also that the true ideals of Amer­i­can free­dom won in the end.

Ron­ald Pe­ters, Pear­land

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