Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's your opinion?

Just about everyone elected to public office is weighing in on the debate over the Confederate flag and in Kentucky, the Jefferson Davis monument located inside the capitol building.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, who just happens to be a candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket, says the statue of Davis must go. Conway's opponent in November, Matt Bevin, agrees, as do the GOP leadership in the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives. Even U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is adamant that the statue must be moved. Gov. Steve Beshear, however, has taken a more measured approach, saying simply that it is time to review such monuments in context of Kentucky's history.

Meantime, across the South, governors are ordering the Confederate flag down from poles on government grounds. Legislators – black and white, Democrat and Republican – are calling for the flag's removal. Businesses, too, have weighed in, promising to pull all items branded with the flag.

The Confederate flag is not difficult to find in Crittenden County; it can be seen on bumpers stickers, flies on lawns, hangs from porches and can even be found tattooed on a few bodies.

What say you?

Are the public and elected officials calling for changes overreacting in the wake of the killing of nine people at a predominantly black church in Charleston, S.C.? Or is it time to put away the flag and monuments to Davis?

Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page or email us, but remember to be civil with your words. Disparaging, racist or otherwise inappropriate comments will not be tolerated. And remember, your name and statements may be used an upcoming issue of our paper.