Michael Rodgers argued in his Dec. 29 letter to the editor (“S.C. should vote on Confederate flag”) that since controversy continues after South Carolina’s Legislature voted in 2000 to replace three Confederate flags with one new one and Mississipi voters in 2001 rejected a redesign of their flag, “it’s time for both states to solve their problems.”
In Mississippi, the legislators did what he wants here: They let the voters choose, and the voters chose to keep their flag they had adopted in 1894, by a margin of 65 percent to 35 percent. So there is no problem in Mississippi. Democracy goes by what the majority wants.
In South Carolina, I agree that the question should be put to a public vote; let the people decide, and let us get past this continuing debate. The Legislature has shown it is incapable of resolving the matter. Whatever the voters agree to, so be it.