Letters to the Editor

Letter: Preserve history, whether inspiring or revolting

Three articles in the TCH got my attention: The NAACP in Utah wants to change the name of Negro Bill Canyon, the disagreement on slavery’s role in the Civil War and the lowering of high school graduation standards.

It seems that the ease with which so many become offended, or disagree, threatens to overwhelm the vital need to preserve our history.

History may be inspiring, sometimes revolting. But what is absolute is the need to remember and teach our history, both decent and depraved, to our children. We may differ on how events shaped history; but debate should be encouraged, not shackled.

Those people, of all races, religions and persuasions who influenced our history should be celebrated, not erased because someone is offended. If we obliterate our past we are no better than the Nazis or ISIS, who destroyed countless invaluable works of art and literature.

Couple this loss of history with reduced educational standards and we may create a void in thought, leadership and innovation that once catapulted this country to greatness. It’s irrefutable — without a past there is no present and therefore no future!

Gabe Lyons

Richland

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