It amazes me when I see people moving from the North to the South for the warm weather, the cheap real estate, the low taxes, and the low cost of living, without taking the time to find out what the people of the region are all about. Like it or not, the Confederate flag is part of who and what the natives are.

Keep a few things in mind:

1. Going into someone else’s house, criticizing them and telling them how you do it in your house is just plain rude. You don’t do that. You do things your way, they do things their way and that’s all there is to it.

2. I can google-search on any given day and find articles about northerners telling southerners how they should do things. But when was the last time you heard someone from the South going up North and telling Northerners how they should do things? On any given day I can google-search and find an article with an example of the former, but none of the latter.

3. While Northerners often come south and try to take down the Confederate flag, when was the last time you heard of a bunch of Southerners getting off the bus in NY City to try and run the Confederate flag up the empire state building?

Your feelings on the flag are your own and you are entitled to them. The problem is that you use your position as a writer for a newspaper to air your own personal grievances. Hence – the hate mail.

Southerners are famous for minding their own business. You could not possibly have lived in the South this long without realizing that. Mind your business and they’ll mind theirs and you won’t get hate mail.

Bill Vallante
Commack NY
SCV Camp 3000 (Associate)
SCV Camp 1506 (Assocate)