Add ‘Chief of police’ to name of Lee building

The recent letter by David McDougall suggesting the removal of the name of Robert E. Lee from Kent Police headquarters proves that his own logic was fatally flawed in arriving at that suggestion.

First of all, he admits that former police chief Lee didn’t have any control over the choice of his birth name. Secondly, he didn’t even do the due diligence to find out why this man was honored as police chief for 18 years. In other words, he was reacting by emotion rather than fact.

So, I have a simple suggestion to enlighten him and other souls who might happen to wonder why Chief Lee’s name is on the building. Just put this title under his name: “Chief of police 1948-1966.”

For many years, I’ve seen schools, public buildings and monuments “named” without explaining who they were. You just shake your head and wonder why officials honor a person without explaining for the following generations who that person was and what he did.

So my final suggestion for edification of students and the public about any public figure is this example. On any statue of Robert E. Lee and his generals, simply add the following words to their monuments: “A traitor who fought against the United States to keep slavery alive in contradiction to our founders assertions that ‘all men are created equal.’”

Having studied the Civil War extensively in my lifetime, there is no doubt that the Northern States had to win or this country would have been split irretrievably. Men like Lee, Beauregard, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Johnston, Hood, Jeb Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Pickett, Breckinridge and Bragg all were traitors, and deserve to be in the history books and on statues as reminders to all generations that their folly and greed caused the deaths of more than 800,000 Americans.

We don’t have to blow up statues and eradicate history like ISIS does. We should just publish their infamy for all to see and to heed.

– Patrick Buckley


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Letters to the Editor

Kent School Board addresses death of George Floyd

The recent death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of a… Continue reading

Some good advice in the fight against infection

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding. … We live in a… Continue reading

City should focus on the real problem, a health crisis

It is time for the city officials of Kent to stop their… Continue reading

How much effect will virus have?

The situation regarding King County’s acquisition of the Econo Lodge in Kent… Continue reading

Coronavirus: County made hasty choice in Kent as a quarantine city

Like many Kent residents, I was blindsided when I heard, late Wednesday… Continue reading

Rapidly rising property taxes poses problem for homeowner

I just received my 2020 King County real estate tax statement and… Continue reading

Let’s set the record straight

A letter published in the Kent Reporter on Feb. 28, “Stop the… Continue reading

We need evidence, measures when considering car tab fee reduction

Most, if not all, state and local government programs can be tested.… Continue reading

Democratic mayors fail to silence shootings

Frank Shiers’ political cartoon (of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, Kent Reporter, Jan.… Continue reading

Beware of Legislature investigations

The Legislature’s “investigation” of Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is alarming. A… Continue reading

Kent gives generously to holiday project

I am writing to thank Kent residents for sharing the true meaning… Continue reading

Large trees are a safety hazard to some homeowners

So somebody in the city wants to plant more trees? They need… Continue reading