The Times and Democrat has written previously about the issue of history and monuments, statues and memorials. On this page today, we offer viewpoints of two contributors related to the issue. Below, are examples of how two newspapers, just as people, can see the issue differently.
• Houston Chronicle: A long running controversy came to a quiet culmination at the University of Texas at Austin as workers removed three Confederate statues from their pedestals on the campus of our state's flagship university.
It's about time. More than a century has passed since a former Confederate officer, Major George W. Littlefield, specified in his will that he wanted life-size likenesses of Confederate war leaders positioned around the campus. … Generations of Texas students seeking a higher education have since been subjected to these monuments honoring men who committed an act of treason in defense of slavery. What happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month finally provided the impetus for an action that was long overdue.
The statues of Confederate generals ... won't be destroyed. Instead, they will be moved to the Briscoe Center for American History on campus, the same place where the university decided to move a statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 2015. That's an altogether appropriate locale for likenesses of men whose movement was long ago consigned to the dustbin of history.
• The Daily News of Bowling Green, Kentucky: The Civil War happened in this country. It is a part of our history, which faithfully records the good, the bad and the ugly.
There were those who fought for the Confederate and Union armies. They were all very brave men who fought for their convictions and their beliefs.
After the Union defeated the Confederates in the war, monuments to both Confederate and Union soldiers and their leaders went up across the country in the late 1800s and early 1900s. …
During the past few years, we have sadly seen an all-out attack on monuments, primarily Confederate monuments …
According to a new poll conducted by Marist for NPR/PBS "NewsHour," 62 percent of Americans want Confederate statues to remain where they are. We really do believe it is a slap in the face to descendants of Confederate veterans for local elected officials to have these monuments moved. ...
… We view these Confederate monuments as historical markers that honor courage of those who fought bravely and in many cases died for their beliefs. They need to be left alone for future generations to see and learn from.