Letter: Celebrate great events from past

Published 6:43 pm Monday, September 4, 2017

President Trump at seven months has done a great job even with great problems from media new elites, academic elites, government worker elites, coastal elites and the new antifa groups.

President Trump has honestly stated his concerns for instances how much he dislikes bigots, which the elites don’t seem to believe.

President Trump dated a biracial women. His daughter and her husband are Jewish and have high positions in his administration. President Trump supports Senator Cotton’s migration reform plan — Raise Act.

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President Trump has support Civil War monuments, and I can agree. My great-grandfather was a Wisconsin first sergeant in the Civil War. My father and father-in-law were both World War II veterans. I was in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1970 when the U.S. tried to prevent red slavery being imposed on a U.S. ally. The U.S. 1960s efforts to prevent slavery were stabbed in the back by the leftist peacenicks, like copperheads who tried to hamper the North Civil War efforts, but failed. (Billions today are still in red slavery as close as Cuba.)

President Abe Lincoln in 1865 said, “With malice toward none, charity towards all, let us bind up the nation’s wounds.” (Over 150 years ago)

In 1865, a 20-year-old Wisconsin colonel, who was later awarded the congressional medal of honor, would eventually marry a southern girl. Arthur MacArthur’s brothers-in-law were former rebel troops and the uncles to Douglas MacArthur, World War II general. Many in the U.S. now have ancestors who served on both sides in the 1861 to 1865 war.

Most statues north and south came after many participants had died, so descendants could honor ancestors valor and like Freeborn County Ezra in 1914 were gifts to future generations. Albert Lea, after all, is named after a Confederate colonel.

At Gettysburg in 1913 and 1938, troops or both sides shook hands. Let’s do the same now and celebrate our nation’s great past, not the mistakes and make America great again.

Tom Schleck

Albert Lea