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Letter: Fair and free elections

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

In regard to David Callis’s letter (“The implication is ‘immoral,’” Sept. 30 Readers Write), Callis opens his letter by stating that “to be ignorant of history and yet being willing to showcase this ignorance in a public forum is bad enough, to imply others into this nightmare is small and immoral.” I could not agree more. Though it is his right, Callis showcases his ignorance on a number of issues.

First, Callis would lead you to believe the Civil War was not fought over slavery. The Declarations of Causes for Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas all reference slavery as justifications to secede. Virginia’s declaration states “the Federal Government, having perverted said powers, not only to the injury of the people of Virginia, but to the oppression of the Southern Slaveholding States.” Slavery is not hidden as a reason in the historical record.

Now that we have laid out the facts regarding the Civil War, citizens have the right to questi...

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