Oh, be still my heart! As I usually do early on any Sunday or Wednesday morning, again I padded out to the driveway in my PJs, picked up The Pilot, poured a cup of my favorite dark roast and settled in with the June 5 Opinion page.

For the first time in many a moon there weren’t any anti-government/anti POTUS articles or letters on page B1. Rather, among others, we were treated to a fine commencement piece and a massively researched column about Normandy and the Black brothers by Paul Dunn. Even my friend and frequent writer Bill Rose retracted his “fangs” this time.

Turning to the first two columns on B-2 (Martin and Hood), my amazement continued. Then it was time for William Shaw to complete the section. All went well until his very last paragraph, when he apparently couldn’t resist joining the uninformed, the flat prejudicial media and many of today’s social activists.

Here is a clue. It is not appropriate to judge the actions of almost everyone from the Founding Fathers, through the Civil War, World War I and II eras and beyond by today’s warped standards. America’s history is what it is with all its scars, scabs and blemishes and, yes, also its many fine moments. However, attempting to erase that history rather than learning it will never work — and attacking our Lady Liberty in New York harbor is clearly over the top.

Dave Roeder, Pinehurst

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