Along with the Confederate flag, to many Americans statues of Civil War generals have become symbols of a hateful and intolerant past. Relocation of these monuments is a difficult but reasonable compromise (especially given the alternative of having mobs topple and destroy them).
In the backlash from firing engineer James Damore, the CEO of Google said, “[L]et’s not forget what unites us as a company — our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives” (“Google’s ‘diversity’ campaign seeks social, not technical, innovation,” Web, Aug. 13). Very nice words — yet that is all they are.
John R. Coyne’s review of Sharyl Attkisson’s book “The Smear” has flushed another fat rat from the larder of bogus news (“Taking a hard look at the practices and principles of major media,” Web, Aug. 9). The recent political metamorphosis of David Brock, of that paragon of modern news Media Matters, is surely a sign of the times.
In reviewing the stunning twists and turns of the Trump administration in the days following the atrocity that took place in Charlottesville, one recognizes that perhaps the most laughable pledge made by the president is that he would bring us together. Meanwhile he pours gasoline on our wounds and lights a match.
I unequivocally condemn the horrific violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend at a rally of white nationalists, organized as a backlash against the city’s decision to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. It was distressing to watch videos of fists flying between rally members and countering protesters. A terrifying climax was reached when rally attendee James Fields Jr. allegedly plowed a sedan right into a sea of protesters, killing one and injuring at least 19 others.