Flag's no threat

 Thank you for your cover story on the Confederate battle

flag [October 10, 2002, "Heritage or Hate?"] (http://www.readthehook.com/92580/cover-cross-bear-southern-prideor-preju...). I'm sorry to see that some people still choose to be offended by such a non-threatening historical symbol.

When people choose to strongly embrace the beliefs of their heritage, they will undoubtedly run into opposing beliefs from peoples of different heritage. Why do we make this to be a social problem when it is much more of a personal one?

People who are offended by the flag need to be reminded that as long as they believe in such negative symbolism, they will have to bear the burden of their own disgust. I choose to believe that the Confederate flag stands for states rights, a concept whose importance was lost when the South was defeated.

I could choose to be offended by the Star Spangled Banner because I believe it stands for tyrannical federalism, but my contempt would be in vain, would it not? Or, if I were a Native American, I could really hate the American flag because it stands for the oppression of my people. But I digress.

The point is, we must see in these symbols of heritage, a more noble view of the ideals that created them. Liberty, honor, love of country are not so bad, are they? It's all about what you want to believe.

Jonathan Brandt
Crozet