To the Editor:
Well, the inmates are running the asylum. Tearing down statues that many people have forgotten why they were erected in the first place seems crazy to many but I guess the movement has legs and Robert E. Lee and others will disappear.
Now the real insanity is taking shape. Someone wants Mount Rushmore destroyed because of Washington and Jefferson. People in Rapid City that operate hotels, restaurants, souvenir outlets not to mention those folks who work at the monument will be out of business and out of work. Beyond Mount Rushmore there is little to attract tourists to the area.
Mount Vernon and Monticello face the same insane groups who wish them gone because 250 years ago these estate owners had slaves. By today's standards, yes, it seems unbelievable. However, in 1760 the practice was commonplace. It's impossible to impose values of 2017 to 14 or 15 generations removed.
Even crazier, Columbus is being maligned for actions 500 years ago. Folks have got to get a grip on today. Dwelling on events from hundreds of years ago doesn't change a thing. All it accomplishes is a greater polarization of the population overall. Should Japanese Americans destroy Warm Springs, Georgia or Campobello because Franklin Roosevelt imprisoned families after Pearl Harbor?
No, it's over. Work and strive for a better future. The past is just that, the past. Tearing down statues and monuments and the like does not change anything.