Originally created 02/21/01

Governor, guest columnist were right on the Georgia state flag issue



Don Rhodes' Feb. 9 guest column lent some much needed perspective to the ongoing debate over Georgia's state flag. Mr. Rhodes focused on the fact that a change in the flag hardly means we've lost our heritage, as there are countless memorials to and symbols of the Confederacy in the Augusta area and throughout the state.

Another fact I'd like to point out is that some people act as if our entire state history consists of the years 1861-1865. I'm proud to have been born and raised in Georgia, and I'm proud of my ancestors who fought for the Confederacy and for what, at the time, they considered a just cause.

But is it right that our state flag should be dominated by the stars and bars - a symbol of divisiveness even today, 137 years after the war ended? I served my country proudly, too, before retiring from the Air Force in 1995. And my country is not the Confederate States of America - it's the United States of America.

Gov. Roy Barnes did right by leading the effort to change the flag, just as Florida Gov. Jeb Bush did right in following suit and lowering the stars and bars from that state' capital.

Jim Murrah, Martinez