What’s in a name?

Whereas Ms. Sheila Jackson-Lee is a well known advocate for changing the names of streets, schools, campus buildings, army bases and also in favor of changing history and taking down those offensive statues that remind her of the Civil War.

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baytownbert

Ms. Sheila Jackson-Lee is a well known self-serving race-baiter and carpet bagger. This is obvious to all who aren't close minded by Democratic promises of free stuff.

Frank

I think Mr. Haarmeyer is right in that there is a line to be drawn in the current controversy about monuments, but we may disagree about just where that line should be drawn. IMO, any person who FOUGHT AGAINST THE UNITED STATES in an attempt to preserve the institution of slavery deserves to have his monument torn down and/or name removed from buildings. They may have been good military officers and generally good people in other respects, but the actions defining their legacy were traitorous and facilitated the unnecessary deaths of many young men. We should not honor that.

That viewpoint exempts people like Washington and Jefferson, who fought and worked to create the United States. They may have had slaves, which certainly needs to be part of their life stories and you see that emphasized if you visit Monticello or Mount Vernon. Owning slaves when the institution was legal, while not laudable, should not be the defining characteristic of a person’s legacy.

I am not particularly a Sheila Jackson-Lee fan but I have one observation to make. Several years ago I was flying to Houston, in coach class befitting my poor status, and saw Ms. Jackson-Lee sitting in the same section. How many representatives or senators fly coach class? That impressed me.

BayTX

If the 13 Colonies made up of sovereign states had not won their independence from Great Britain that we celebrate each Fourth of July, would you define the legacies of Washington and Jefferson as “traitorous and facilitated the unnecessary deaths of many young men”? I assume if Texas had lost its independence from Mexico, you would define all the men who fought for Texas as traitors who “facilitated the unnecessary deaths of many young men”?

I find it hard to believe Lincoln was against secession as in 1848, he made the following statement to Congress: “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form one which suits them better. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can, may revolutionize, and make their own of so much territory as they inhabit.” This is exactly what the South did in 1861!

In 150 years from now, people will be judging us as we have judged those before us, and they will be tearing down institutions and monuments we have created!

Regarding Ms. Jackson Lee, she may have been flying coach with you since the news media reported a couple of years ago on how she had a reputation for making life miserable “for any clerk, stewardess, or pilot unwilling or unable to make her three-and-a-half-hour flight anything less than glamorous. She takes advantage of federal travel perks to book multiple flights (only to cancel at the last minute and at no charge). She demands an upgrade to premier seats. She expects, in her words, ‘to be treated like a queen.’”

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