Re "Yet again, the right is on wrong side of history" (Viewpoints, Aug. 22): The Bee's former deputy managing editor William Endicott cites a number of ridiculous examples to show that "every significant advancement in human rights throughout history has faced opposition from conservatives," but the most glaring center around freeing the slaves, the Civil Rights Act and giving women the right to vote.
History has shown us that Republican President Abraham Lincoln was responsible for freeing the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 while "Copperhead Democrats" fought against it. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was filibustered for 54 days by Senate Democrats led by Robert Byrd and passed in both houses of Congress with heavy Republican support. As for women's voting rights, the 19th Amendment was proposed by Republican Sen. Aaron Sargent of California and initially turned down in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.
Sounds to me like Endicott is on the wrong side of the facts.
-- David R. Koenig, Gold River