In regard to Michael Kelly's Sept. 6 letter, "Stop the vandalism," I often wonder how he would feel if one day he woke up to find statues of King George, General Cornwallis and other British officials gracing his town square, courthouse lawn, parks and other public places? After all, they lost the Revolutionary War but by his standards should be given places of honor in public places.

Jim Crow laws, mob rule and violence were all part of the thinking of those who placed those statues there in the first place. Is it only when the shoe is on the other foot that he sees fit to condemn it? As for Washington, Jefferson and other prominent American icons, it is those very same icons that those statues are repugnant to. One of the best things Gen. Robert E. Lee ever did for his country is donate the land that Arlington National Cemetery now sits on.

The Boston Tea Party was an act of defiance that stands in opposition to the very thing these Civil War memorials stand for. Oppression and tyranny are the symbols of those statues.

John Baldwin, Lumber Bridge