Speak Out: Methodists’ decision

Readers reacted to the fallout resulting from the Methodist Church approving measures to ban same-sex marriage and gay clergy. • Why do people feel the need to force their lifestyle onto others? If an organization or business doesn’t agree with how you live, go somewhere else. I don’t see gay people forcing their lifestyle on […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Legislators, history has its eyes on you

Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans, grew up in that great city, each day passing monuments dedicated to heroes of the Confederacy —Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, P.G.T. Beauregard. But in the days following June 17, 2015, he began seeing them anew. That was the day a young white man, unhinged by hate, gunned down […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Civil War too complex for sound bytes

Now that we are experiencing a tidal wave of righteous indignation about the display of anything Confederate, including statues, graves, monuments, battle flags, etc., etc., we are also getting the familiar chants about the reasons for the Civil War.

One side piously declares it was to free the slaves; the other side says it was all about states’ rights. A recent Letter to the Editor declared the South was really waging war about slavery and the only reason the tens of thousands of Confederates died was because they wanted a few rich guys to be able to own slaves. [“Misunderstood history,” July 27] It seems entirely doubtful that the Yankees at Fredericksburg or the Rebels at Gettysburg charged into mass slaughter because of some dedication to abolishing or retaining slavery. With a good slave costing well over $1,000 by that time, very few of the soldiers on either side could ever expect to become slaveholders.

Bells will ring today to mark Civil War’s end 150 years ago

On the morning of April 9, 1865, with his weary army surrounded by federal troops, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, triggering a final but largely formal months-long process that ended the War Between the States.

More than 600,000 died during the four years of the war, a conflict from which the United States emerged scarred but intact.