I was dismayed by the Dec. 23 article about the Confederate flag, “Relic Room cuts display by $1.7 million.” Cindi Scoppe tried to put the flag display in perspective in her column the day before, urging that we not deify a $52 replica by providing protection worthy of the U.S. Constitution (“A $5.3 million shrine to a $52 nylon flag? Seriously?”).
I understand the flag’s historic value as the last one flown on the State House grounds. I can understand that it be displayed in the Relic Room, but not in a display costing millions of dollars. I strongly feel that whatever cost for the display should be not be shouldered by the taxpayers. It should be privately funded by the Confederate-remembrance groups and led by former Sen. Glenn McConnell.
James R. Hess
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