Letters to the Editor

What is the 'way of life' we would want from 1860?

I am confused by remarks of the Rev. Andrew Pearson at the recent ceremony in Beaufort honoring Confederate soldiers who died to preserve a "way of life," and his statement: "Let us remember their great sacrifice and the cause which has now been placed on our shoulders."

This makes me think he is referring to some "cause" that we should continue to fight for. Surely he is not extolling the virtues of slavery, which denied human rights to 58 percent of South Carolinians in 1860 and allowed them to be raped, beaten, bought and sold. No Christian in 2011 would endorse that "way of life."

Maybe he is reminiscing about the opportunities for children in 1860 -- but what about the child mortality rate and the lack of public education?

Maybe he believes white women had a better life then, but they were second-class citizens with no vote.

Possibly he was thinking about a society where a small minority was able to lead a life of extravagance. That still exists with some Wall Street moguls, celebrities and sports figures, so it can't be that "way of life."

He could have been referring to the character of people who would leave their families to lay their lives down for a "cause." Many families today are leading that "way of life."

I personally am glad there is one free "United States of America." I believe it is possible to honor dead soldiers without romanticizing the events that nearly tore our country apart.

Kate Joy