Cloying drivel

In response to Jerry Willett’s Sept. 17 letter regarding a Baylor religion survey and Trump voters: He is obviously concerned with the same issues as most of us, though our views may differ. Still, his letter bored me. It bored me because he continues to spout the same drab rhetoric that he and others like him believe defines Democrats and liberals. (Ah, yes, that nasty “L” word!) I’ve said before and I’ll say again and again: Just because I am a Democrat and a liberal does not make me any less a proud American. I am not an anti-social, anti-government dissident.

The majority of Democrats do not want to destroy or loot property, just as I’m quite sure the majority of Trump supporters do not want to salute the Nazi flag. I, like most of my fellow Democrats, believe in law and order and support our brothers and sisters in uniform. We support law enforcement officers and weep when they are murdered just because of the uniform they wear. We do not want to blow anything up including the White House. We stand for the national anthem and still get a lump in our throats when the American flag is raised.

Mr. Willett is right on one thing: Most Trump voters, just as most Democrats, want a good life for themselves, their children and grand-children. Thus, I am so tired of trite, small-minded people like him thinking he can actually speak for me and those like me because we push different buttons in the voting booth. His discourse and that of people with his mindset is becoming cloying drivel.

Donna M. Myers, Waco

Preserve & protect

The Lone Star flag was adopted in 1839 and flew over the Republic of Texas before statehood (1845). It was a powerful symbol to the South, as Texas was a Confederate state (1861-1865). It was carried in major campaigns in the Civil War by Hood’s Texas Brigade, Burnet’s Battalion, etc., at Seven Pines/Gaines Farm, Antietam, Gettysburg, Port Hudson and many other places. It was always carried with the Southern Cross or St. Andrew’s Cross Flag. The Lone Star flag, in its present form, is a Confederate battle flag.

Heritage thieves are now looting and removing Confederate statues, plaques, etc., aided by treacherous state and local government officials without consent of the governed. Will they remove the Lone Star flag because of its Civil War significance?

The U.S. flag (Old Glory) and national anthem are also under attack as evidenced by participants shamefully demonstrating hatred and disrespect by kneeling and raising clinched fists during ceremonies at sports events. Will both flags be removed by cultural cleansing? Conquest of these flags will be the ultimate trophy for heritage thieves.

Texans must rally to the flags to prevent their confiscation. They must mobilize for action to preserve, protect and defend our beloved Lone Star Flag and Old Glory.

Jim Gray, Henderson