Letter: Jonathan Erickson, Sterling

Editor: At the behest of the School Board we renamed our schools at considerable costs to the taxpayers. I failed to see any increase in grade averages. Can someone shoot me a link to the increased scores, please?

We renamed highways at, once again, taxpayer expense. This was the cure for what ailed the community, right? As we can see!

But wait, we renamed holidays, that was to be end all which produced nothing but political posturing at taxpayer expense.

Next on the agenda is removal of statues which will do nothing to help anyone not in politics and, yes, you guessed it, at taxpayers’ expense.

Frivolous spending on nonsense by politicians that has 0 results needs to stop.

Jonathan Erickson, Sterling

2 thoughts on “Letter: Jonathan Erickson, Sterling

  • 2020-06-08 at 9:40 pm

    Few people seem to realize that US Grant and RE Lee both owned slaves. We hear calls to tear down statues to Lee, Jackson and others but it seems the outrage is selective. The vast majority of people in America in 1865 would be considered virulent racists by modern standards. It is generally inappropriate to judge historical characters and events by modern beliefs.

    During Lincoln’s fourth debate with Douglas in 1858, Lincoln made his position quite clear. “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” he began, going on to say that he opposed blacks having the right to vote, to serve on juries, to hold office and to intermarry with whites. This is the stuff that might come out of the mouths of Robert Byrd, Lyndon B. Johnson and George Wallace. Even Joe Biden got his political start campaigning against busing in his home state!

    If you are going to continue wasting time renaming schools, tearing down statues and erasing history, you are going to have to tear down most everything in the nation because everyone had some major flaws.

    Better to teach the truth about the past and how fallen men have moral and political failures and that we can learn from and improve upon our past. But, I suspect the Democrats running Virginia don’t mind emulating Stalin’s efforts to erase history and make non-persons of everyone they disagree with.

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