Letters to the Editor

Confederacy still dividing our nation

I was frustrated May 10 when I went to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles office to license my trailer and found it closed.

Ahead of me was a black couple. They were obviously there to obtain a handicapped parking permit, for the gentleman apparently had a disability following a stroke. They told me the office was closed for Confederate Memorial Day. They were also frustrated.

Wednesday morning, the headlines in The Beaufort Gazette included: "Beaufort historic groups commemorate soldiers who died 'for a way of life.'<2009>"

Let us be clear: The Civil War was fought over slavery. Look at the Ordinances of Secession of the 13 Confederate States of America.

The people who fought and died believed in their cause. That may have been a way of life, but not one we should be celebrating 150 years later.

As I walked back to my car with the other disappointed couple, one of them said, "We still live in a divided country." That is the message I took home with me aft visit to a state office.

John Fisk

St. Helena Island