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An 'end run' around state laws?

Dear editor:

I cannot help but find the recent actions of our Governor disturbing. I quote, "I have ordered Confederate monuments on Capital grounds to be moved to protect public safety." This statement was made after a group damaged the monuments. Am I to believe that the inanimate monuments that have stood for over 100 years are the problem versus a mob that was damaging public property? This decision is an end run around state laws concerning historical monuments. Good thinking Governor Cooper.

This statement and subsequence actions to remove the monuments have basically sent a message that any monuments from Murphy to Manteo that a mob would choose to damage, or tear down should be removed to protect public safety. This demonstrates that our Governor will not help if a lawless mob overcomes local enforcement. The action suddenly affects the town of Louisburg.

I am not a resident of Louisburg nor do I own a business in town. I have read about the Town Council meeting and I respect the opinions and votes of every individual. Living in Franklin County, it would be irresponsible to challenge or question the decision of the Council. To have the town experience rioting and looting that has been seen in other cities and towns in the state would be unfortunate. We would not want to see our law enforcement overwhelmed by a mob from outside this county. It is interesting that the one person arrested during the demonstration at the monument was from Charlotte.

This standoff is not worth damage to homes and businesses and certainly not worth the loss of human life. Conversely the fact that certain residents of this county invited these groups to "demonstrate" is far less than honorable. I really do not see these individuals as contributing to the good of Louisburg and Franklin County.

Rest assured this action to remove monuments will not satisfy the mob. There is also talk of damage to churches and monuments that have nothing to do with the War Between the States. Many have been vandalized and or torn down. I do not believe this local group is only interested in Confederate Monuments. In fact, I do not think they are honest about any of their activities.

I find it disturbing that so many of the people that make up these mobs have little if any historical knowledge. It would be nice to have someone well versed in history from the terrible Dred Scott decision in 1847 by the US Supreme Court to the Civil Rights bill in 1964. This assignment would challenge most educators. You might want to read some of the quotes attributed to Lyndon Johnson after the Civil Rights bill was signed.

Franklin County has been the home of many learned historians. Unfortunately, many have passed away and been replaced by educators that have been too lazy to really learn about American History.

It is reported that Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has recently removed the portraits, in the halls of congress, of several previous speakers because they fought with the Confederate Army. My goodness, Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., who was the father of Speaker Pelosi, dedicated the Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee Monument in Baltimore in 1948 while he was the mayor. Even with Washington packed slam full of pious, arrogant people, this really takes the cake!

I had a boss years ago that I really did not like, but I heard him say time and again. "If you expect more out of others than you are willing to do yourself, you will always be disappointed." People that take a knee during The National Anthem should read that twice.

Karl Marx would approve of the modern-day mobs. And no, he is not the brother of Groucho Marx!

I think Governor Cooper is up for re-election in November.

Warren Harris
Justice Community


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