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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Re-writing history is fiction come to life

In regards to those who would change, remove or tear down historical statues or monuments depicting differing or personally distasteful ideologies: Read George Orwell’s political commentary/novel 1984. Although written two generations ago, it vividly describes a world in which facts, historical events and independent thought are crushed by an all-powerful government. To quote:

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Letter: Treason doesn’t rate memorials and statues

The Constitution (Article III, Section 3) defines treason as “levying war.” Confederate memorials celebrate treason. Realizing that destroying the USA was the only way to preserve slavery, all Confederate generals, including Lee, pledged allegiance to Jefferson Davis’ three-prong plan: destroy New York City, destroy Washington D.C. and kill Lincoln.

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Letter: Why stop at statues? Tear it all down

We need to tear down ALL statues and relics and monuments to slavery and racism! We need to rename George Washington Way, Washington State, etc. But why stop there, you hypocrites? Brazil and other South American nations were more involved in slavery than America. Native Americans enslaved each other. We should tear down every Indian monument that recognizes any tribe that enslaved other Native Americans. Eliminate South America.

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Letter: Are unnecessary military bases a form of welfare?

Periodically during the past few decades, Congress authorizes a study of the utility of military bases within the U.S. The conclusion is invariably that dozens of our bases serve little or no useful purpose, and any useful functions could be easily consolidated into the scope of other existing bases. Then, also invariably, representatives of the districts in which those bases reside collude to prevent closure of those unnecessary bases.

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Letter: Don’t deport DACA recipients

President Trump promised to show “great heart” toward almost 800,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. These young immigrants were brought to the United States as children, have little if any criminal history, and were educated here.

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Letter: Profits matter more than people in kleptocracy

The TCH headline on 1B (Sept. 14) states, “Real estate industry blocks warnings that threaten profits.” It is a lesson in American capitalism. Substitute “oil” for real estate; substitute “banking” for real estate; substitute “pharmacy” for real estate; substitute “tobacco” for real estate. Big business and its lobbyists will do any and everything it can to insure profitability, often at the expense of people’s well-being.

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Letter: Planning commission undermines will of Benton County voters

Benton County’s Planning Commission failed to approve zoning ordinance changes what would prohibit any future cannabis retail locations within unincorporated areas of the county. It’s ironic that despite overwhelming public support for these changes, they were unable to affirm what the voters made clear in voting down I-502 with a 12 percent margin five years ago. It’s equally ironic that the rationale for not supporting these changes included concerns over a monopoly (despite having six different licensed locations within the county) and sovereignty of choosing what is and is not acceptable within our county.

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