Reader: I'm fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history 

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A friend told me about this infamous cover ("After hate," May 10), but I was unfortunately unable to get out to get a copy of that week's paper. She saved hers for me and gave it to me.

I do not see any humor in this. As a Daughter of the Confederacy I am fed up with the hate being spewed at the symbols of our history as exemplified by the recent actions of the mayor of New Orleans in removing long-standing Confederate monuments and the various other ugly displays of anti-Confederate sentiment stemming from the photo of the killer in the Bible study murders posing with a Confederate flag.

The Confederate flag is NOT a symbol of hate. Contrary to the revisionist history that has been taught in public schools for the last 150 years, the war of northern aggression was not fought to preserve slavery. In fact, there was a growing movement in the South to eliminate slavery.

I have great-grandfathers who fought on both sides and am equally proud of their service. They were patriots and war heroes and I refuse to stand idly by and see my Confederate ancestors' service dragged through the cesspool of misinformation.

Please be more thoughtful about what you print in the future.

— Diana Belles, Colorado Springs

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