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A resolution to erase history?

Fort Bragg on the Northern California coast was named after Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg.
Fort Bragg on the Northern California coast was named after Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg. Library of Congress

With Confederacy, let history be

Re “Assembly pushes Congress to ban rebel names” (Capitol & California, June 28): The Confederate States of America practiced slavery. The Aztecs did them two better: They practiced human sacrifice and, as an empire, subjugated their neighbors. I think maybe being sacrificed is worse than being enslaved. In the interest of historical purity and righteousness, and current standards of fairness, I propose the following:

1. The removal of the name Montezuma from all public buildings, streets and geographic features in the state of California.

2. The barring of the use of the name Aztecs for any athletic team representing any school, college or university receiving state funding, including San Diego State University.

3. The formation of a panel to find, and recommend for renaming, any public building which by nature of its name celebrates Aztec culture.

Or we could just put political correctness aside, let history be history, and let each person make of it what he will.

John Paul, Carmichael

Why erase unpopular history?

Since when do we erase a part of history just because it’s not popular? The liberal Democrats seem to want to do just that time and again.

The Civil War was fought brother against brother, families against families, based on what people at the time believed. The Assembly Democrats want to deprive our children a part of their heritage. Why don’t we teach history in our schools instead of changing or erasing a big part of it?

My ancestors fought on both sides of the war, and I would not change their names or pretend they did not exist. I am proud to be an American and all it stood and stands for.

Wayne Ertl, Orangevale

Accept the past, good and bad

Does the Legislature have anything better to do than try and obliterate history? If this issue is at the top of their list, taxpayers are getting taken to the cleaners. Quit wasting time and start tackling important issues. The important thing to remember is that all events from the past, both good and bad, have formed the United States into what it is today.

Dale Knuth, Orangevale

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