Re: Editorial, Aug. 28, “Monuments require an orderly process”
While I agree with the editorial that communities need to exercise prudence when yanking down Confederate memorials and statues, I was a bit befuddled about a comment made in the piece.
I had been a writer for the Crestview News Bulletin, one of your sister papers, for 9½ years, but am afraid I have remained blissfully ignorant of all those “symbols of Confederate heritage on public grounds” you reference. I do recall a brouhaha over a dinky little granite memorial to Confederate war dead erected by a local fraternal organization in the 1950s. It was later moved to a triangular plot of city-deeded land that was more notorious for helping form one of Crestview’s more hazardous intersections than it was for the wee hunk of stone in its center. Oh yeah, that and the wrong Confederate flag flying over it.
But that was rather civilly smoothed over when a group of citizens voluntarily moved it to private land outside the city limits a couple years ago, taking the flag with them.
I’m sure your readers are as curious as I am to know about the other “symbols of Confederate heritage” that apparently litter our city. Please do a follow-up and enlighten us, because no one else but your fellow writers in Panama City seems to know about them.
Brian Hughes, Crestview