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Letter: History cannot be rewritten

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The U.S. is a great country. Our tiny county, a small part of it, is good, too! But I’m beginning not to recognize Mathews as I have known it.

Is it right that five people (school board) in a county of 9,000, can vote in one night to change the name of our school? Now the monument in the courthouse square is in jeopardy.

Last week, an inflammatory letter to the editor was printed about Confederate generals. Hatred seemed to spill from the writer’s words. Lee chose to surrender at Appomattox to reunite the country and heal the wounds of war.

Slavery was wrong. Brutality in any form is wrong. Bullying and intimidation are wrong. History cannot be rewritten, but we choose how we speak, how we act. We all need good role models. Let’s be that for the next generation.

Mary Kathryn DiggsPort Haywood, Va.
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