There is no doubt that the Confederacy is the geographic and ideological heart and soul of the present Republican Party. Face it, folks, the Civil War is not over as far as the Rebs are concerned, and the Tri-Cities is one of its most prominent footholds in the campaign to bring back the glory days of Dixie. If present trends continue, civil rights and the blue-collar middle class will disappear. It's astonishing to me that this government-funded, unionized community would support this destructive process.
A fascinating aspect of this march to the past is evident in the clean bifurcation along party lines of positions relative to the "Stand Your Ground" episode that took the life of Trayvon Martin in Florida. The crime-scene evidence is inconclusive, but the party-line split of opinions is so clear that you would think we were discussing economic policy rather than the circumstances that led to the death of a young man.
My take is that Confederate Republicans believe George Zimmerman is innocent because 1) he had a gun, and 2) he is not black. The Republican Party's strategy of crippling every facet of federal authority and responsibility is taking America in the wrong direction economically and morally. We shouldn't let that happen.
MARTIN BENSKY, Richland