Letters to the Editor

Civil War opinions have no place in news

News agencies such as The Associated Press provide articles for the newspaper while the newspaper offers editorial comments on the editorial page. However, some of the news articles do not seem to adhere to the principle of partition between news and editorials.

I refer to an article in the Feb. 6 newspaper: "Memorial separates dead by race, divides city." The article is obviously part of the ongoing attempt to rewrite history by progressives and is hardly a news item.

I do wish if the AP is going to make editorial comments, it would get its facts right. The article refers to "The War Between the States -- the genteel, Southern name for the Civil War." The Congressional Record of March 2, 1928, reports Congress recognized the title "War Between the States" as the official name of the war.

The "civil war" was a conflict between two separate governments. The North did not want to view the Southern Confederacy as a valid government for political reasons. The South had no intention of invading the North and changing its form of government.

In these times of turmoil, it may seem an insignificant point, except when juxtaposed with President Barack Obama's recent statements about conflicts that happened 1,000 years ago.

All of this is designed to misrepresent historical facts for the purpose of manipulating attitudes to favor the progressive cause.

Christopher D. Clayton

Hilton Head Island