Re: Stonewall Jackson loans raise a fuss


From: hershy60@comcast.net
To: epage@bhamnews.com


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Dear Sir,


In response to the article about “Stonewall Jackson loans raise a fuss” by David White which covers a state program of interest free loans for college students which was created in honor of the memory of Stonewall Jackson. It is a shame that a handful of our legislatures feel this should be abolished, and the funds used for general scholarships. I do agree that it should be “changed” to scholarships instead of a loan. I disagree that a man’s character should be based on a few years of his life. Yes, he was a Confederate General in the Civil War from 1861 until his death on May 10, 1863. However, he was a United States citizen from 1824 until the Civil War broke out. He graduated from West Point. He served in the United States Military fighting in the Mexican War earning two brevets, before resigning to accept a professorship at the Virginia Military Institute. Thousands of people fought for the Confederacy who lived in the Southern States. Isn’t it time we stepped out of the past, and focus on the future? The program should stay in place however, consideration of changing it from a loan to a scholarship is a great idea to explore. The program does not discriminate against anybody, which is more than we can say for other “College Funds” in the United States. So let’s worry about things of importance not about the “name” of a fund which helps to educate our children.


“See those who are intelligent and virtuous and if possible those who are a little above you, especially in moral excellence” Stonewall Jackson.


“Let your words be as few as will express the sense you wish to convey and above all let what you say be true” Stonewall Jackson


Sincerely,


Janice Price-Gattis
Rainbow City, AL