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Confederate monuments a part of U.S. history: Letters

By in Press Enterprise on August 27, 2017

By Letters To The Editor

Confederate monuments a part of U.S. history

The American Civil War ended in 1865 after four years of bloodshed and more than 600,000 deaths, about 2 percent of the population. Taken as a percentage of today’s population, it would’ve been 6 million casualties.

Since then, people from the Confederate states moved to places in the North and lived among Union statues and monuments. And people from the Union states moved to the South and lived among Confederate statues and monuments.

All of them understood that those statues and monuments were part of the history of the United States of America and learned to accept them for what they were: part of history.

Furthermore, the Arlington Military Cemetery, founded in 1866, burial ground of Union and Confederate soldiers, presidents and Medal of Honor recipients, among other notables, was the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee.

For over 150 years, reason and common sense prevailed when dealing with these issues. Until now.

— Hector Cademartori,
La Verne

We must teach children awareness, compassion

I was very disturbed and saddened by the image in the Hot Shot on August 18. The cruelty forced upon innocent animals that are used for “entertainment” is well documented, and the number of people opposed to events such as rodeos is growing worldwide, and rapidly.

It is discouraging to see that adult humans are continuing the abuse of other sentient creatures by taking our children to circuses which still abuse animals, by teaching them to kill, and yes, by teaching them to “ride” bulls.

We condone and encourage them to cause physical and psychological harm to living beings who cannot escape the pain, confinement and terror. For those who might not believe this is an act of terror, did you not see the eyes of this young animal?

Child against child in a completely unfair contest. Is this really how […]    

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