Letters from Readers: Public education will survive, evil has no color, homeowners face flood risks and Eisenhower respected Robert E. Lee.

Prophets of doom for public

education don’t know USA

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., predicts that if children do not return to school at once, "We will have lost a generation."

Presumably, this will lead to ignorance and disgrace, not to mention stock market downturns.

Don’t worry, though. In America, a lack of social skill, discipline and rudimentary knowledge doesn’t prevent anyone from reaching the pinnacle of power. We have daily proof.

Cheryl Peele, Jacksonville

Evil has no color.

It steals, kills and destroys.

Hatred has no color. It is evil.

Racism has no color. It is evil.

Slavery was evil. Anarchy is evil.

If there were no stealing, killing, destroying, rioting, burning, etc., police would not be called.

Most police officers do a good job but there are rogues who cast a bad reflection on the entire force. They must be fired.

Rioters, looters and destroyers must be arrested.

Joan Ohler, Jacksonville Beach

Homeowners on our waterways

face increased flood risk

There is an old folk song with the words, "How high is the water, momma? Four feet high and rising."

This should be the chorus for a lot of homeowners who live along creeks affected by the dredging of the St. Johns River.

All of this dredging is because Chinese shipping companies want to get larger cargoes.

When flood damage happens, who is going to pay for it? Not the Chinese. Probably some poor homeowner.

Stanley Bunch, Fernandina Beach

Powell criticized monuments to Lee

but Eisenhower admired Lee

In a recent MSNBC interview, retired Gen. Colin Powell was quoted as saying, "Robert E. Lee was a great tactician but he was a leader of a Confederate Army that succeeded in starting a war that killed 600,000 Americans.

"And so it is one thing to treat him as a tactical hero and put him in one corner somewhere but it is not the right place to give him the kind of presence that he has in our society through statues or other discussions. ... "They were great members, tactically, of the Confederate States of America but they were no longer Americans at that point."

In contrast, President Dwight Eisenhower wrote a letter to a constituent explaining why he kept a picture of Lee in his office.

Here is an excerpt: "From deep conviction, I simply say this: A nation of men of Lee’s caliber would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. Indeed, to the degree that American men of youth will strive to emulate his rare qualities, including his devotion to this land as revealed by his painstaking efforts to heal the nation’s wounds once the bitter struggle was over, we, in our time of danger in a divided world, will be strengthened and our love of freedom sustained."

Rod Chafin, Orange Park