In rebuttal to Carl Burdette'sletter, "Flag Victim of Liberal Ideology,"Mr. Burdette you omitted one word from youreditorial: slavery. Not all of us look through every issue, with wearing political spectacles or lens. The Civil War, in my eyes was fought for one reason: slavery. The South and even our little old state of Maryland fought to keep a "certain traditional way of life."A life where others — slaves —toiled in the fields and did their master's bidding, for free. No wages, no political pull to get a payincrease from nothing. Free labor built this country. Slave labor built America. Mr. Burdette why did you choose to leave the "original sin" outof your editorial?Politics, I guess is your reason, politics. As a black man, sure I get a certain raw feeling in the pit of my stomach, when I see the Confederate flag flying. Yet, people are people. I refuse to pass judgment, on any man, based onthe flag he chooses to fly. For myself, I try my best not to judge a book by its cover.