Letter: Amnesty Domestic

While waiting for a good meal and excellent craft beer at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery last night, I skimmed the Metro Pulse and came across Ms. Lisa Huff's letter to the editor ["Here Come the Letters, Part 1," Dec. 5, 2013]. I do not know Ms. Huff nor was I present at the event she was talking about. But since I have Scott-Irish, Cherokee, Appalachian, and CSA and USA veterans blood in my family, I figure I will "chime in" on this discussion. In summary, I respect where Ms. Huff is coming from, but I found her letter to be quite harsh and disrespectful in most of her written form—the telltale sign of a much-uninformed person.

In a nutshell, Congress granted amnesty to the vast majority of CSA veterans after the Civil War except for General Robert E. Lee, which was not granted until 1975. These USA/CSA veterans historically and actively participated together in veteran events after the Civil War throughout the United States and especially in the South. If families have ancestry that shed blood on American soil or in wars or conflicts on behalf of the United States of America, then they can express their First Amendment rights even more so than the rest of us, in my opinion.

I personally do not care much cosmetically for the "Battle Flag" when compared to the "Stars and Bars" and especially to Gen. Robert E. Lee's headquarters flag, but if families or fans would like to waive it at a public event, it is their choice. Until our citizens fully adopt the Communist agenda, just don't tread on those "insurgents" and please leave their family's veteran legacies alone as well.

Bill Johns

Knox County