There have been several letters to the editor about removing or nor removing statues and monuments related to the Confederacy or to individuals who held racist views. I believe there are places for them, such as in the battlefield or by museums, where they signify and have meaning in relation to the events that occurred or are explained there. They do not belong in public locations unrelated to the statue or monument.

In 2015, the city of New Orleans removed a monument to Robert E. Lee, the last of four monuments to the Confederacy the city council voted to remove. Then-Mayor Mitch Landrieu marked the occasion with a blunt speech about his city’s need to confront its past. He dismissed claims that men like Lee or Jefferson Davis depicted on the recently-removed monuments were worthy of the honor: “It is self-evident that these men did not fight for the United States of America. They fought against it. They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots…The Civil War is over, and the Confederacy lost and we are better for it. Surely we are far enough removed from this dark time to acknowledge that the cause of the Confederacy was wrong.

Mark Berg is a community activist in Adams County and a proud Liberal. His email address is

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