Readers Write: Aug. 21

Trump completely missing the point

You are missing the point, Mr. President. Despite the tragic deaths and injuries in Charlottesville, the point is not the violence.

Despite it being the issue that drew the protesters, the statue is not the issue here. The greater concern, Mr. President, is the people who call themselves Americans, who call themselves Trump supporters, who believe that the freedoms and benefits of living in this country should be reserved only for people like them, like you and like me. This, Mr. President, is what needs to be condemned. It is this belief that needs to be condemned loudly, forcefully and, most critically, consistently. You must repeat this condemnation over and over again until no one, not the media, not the right-wing, not the left-wing, can question whether or not the leader of this country could possibly hold such beliefs.

KEN MORGAN, ATLANTA

Removing statues will add to divisiveness

It’s becoming more apparent that the belief of erasing all memories, statues, streets, schools and gov’t buildings of anything Confederate will solve the problem of racial division is a useless and divisive waste of time.

Nothing will change; in fact, it will have a reverse effect. More and more people will take the opposite position. They are tired of being told what history will be erased from memory. The hordes of “change” say all will be fixed. This is an outright pipe dream designed to stir up people who haven’t sense enough to understand that this won’t change a thing.

It will only make it worse and more divisive. Put this proposal up for a vote and see what the silent majority feels about this.

MIKE THORNTON, JONESBORO

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