Letters: We don't need a Civil War memorial; questions for the president; musings of an 'old-timer'

Think twice, Taneytown, about Civil War memorial

Taneytown, think financial repercussions before accepting a monumental, unethical, granite and bronze albatross. Reject the shrine glorifying the Confederacy unless you want White Nationalist rallies. Taneytown’s desperation for tourist dollars makes a mockery of Lincoln’s Address and Lincoln’s directive to finish the war’s task, defeating the remnants of slavery and upholding human rights, that all are created equal.

Taneytown should bravely teach America’s hard history. Carroll County Times articles on Oct. 17 and Oct. 27 indicated the council liked the concept of unity/togetherness, however, first lead the way to reconciliation by recognizing the war’s inhuman repercussions. Taneytown consult with the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Explore the Peace and Justice National Memorial and Legacy Museum for future with unity.


Is Taneytown blinded by dollar signs from Casteel’s pipe dream? Why goosestep into revisionist’s goal “correcting historical shortcomings with a better storyline”? Investigate credentials of historians who conjured monumental scheme.

There would be repercussion for inclusion of presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth and seven Confederate military — all traitors to the U.S. Don’t glorify them in public space. Leave them in text books. Equally disturbing intent to fly Confederate battle flag and flags of slave states who fought to preserve slavery. Pawning off revisionist project as educational for children. Delusional to think it will lead the American public to unity/togetherness. See pied piper Casteel leading children into revisionary history electrifying Unite the Right/Klansmen for Charlottesville-like demonstrations? Are those the tourists Taneytown wants?

Imagine veterans’ horror if a WWII monument memorialized Hitler and Nazi leaders justifying “it’s just part of history’s storyline.” Casteel insists Taneytown do the monument now. Next generation won’t see Casteel’s sculpture as a path to national reconciliation.

Calling the project National Civil War Memorial by what authority? The president just designated genuine Kentucky National Civil War Monument Union Colored Troops Camp, an authentic educational experience.

Responsible historians don’t take a war out of context. Respected historian Bernard Bailyn, “The Barbarous Years” described immoral decision 400 years ago legally made human beings property. Failing colonies Maryland and Virginia, desperate for economic success, chose slave labor economy and today’s repercussions.

The Great American Read voted “To Kill a Mockingbird” the best novel. Resonating pulse of Americans more ready to see war’s painful repercussions left out of history books. Taneytown, tell the story from reconstruction to reconciliation.

Compelling, hopeful read “Rising Out Of Hatred” by Derek Black, former leader of White Nationalists, rejects White Nationalism, develops empathy for others after Jewish students befriend him.

The three stages of Truth being: ridiculed, opposed, then accepted as evident. There’s only one human race.

Nan Nelson


Questioning the president

What is wrong?

When a president can call himself a genius and yet have no respect for the truth,

When a president can wrap himself in the flag and make America the laughingstock of the world,

When a president can call himself a Christian but preach a gospel of hatred,


And our elected officials are silent or nodding their heads in agreement,

What is wrong?

Richard Krebs


Musings of a self-described ‘old-timer’

As I grow older and wiser, I think back to another time in my youth as to how life has evolved and changed. For better or worse depends on your viewpoint.

1. Stag bars, men only. Commonplace until the ’50s where men had their space to drink, tell jokes and in general anything else men do in stag company.

2. Baby changing stations in the men’s room in the ’70s-’80s.

3. All-girls high school — all-boys high school — no more.

4. When Girl Scouts were girls and Boy Scouts were boys — no more.

5. When a married couple was a man and a woman — no more.

6. When Big League Sports was actually a sport. Players had off-season jobs to supplement their income — no more.

7. When people wrote letters to communication with each other — no more.

8. Remember the radio “Hit Parade” of ten top songs, songs you actually understood — no more.

9. When your president was respected by all parties — no more.

10. When your church was the center of your life — no more.

11. When you didn’t need health care insurance — no more.

12. When smoking a cigar used to be a relaxing pastime, no inhaling, just sit relax and puff — now almost a crime, an outcast, stares and no place to smoke.

13. When Christmas season began the first week of December — no more.

As I pen this, am I showing my age?

Harry H. Griffith Sr.