How many times have the citizens and visitors of New Orleans passed the statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis or P.G.T. Beauregard without any emotional reaction at their sight? I doubt that there was a single instance of thinking that these are really offensive.

Nevertheless, the mayor decided in his pompous grandstanding (which, by the way, serves to advance his political ambitions) to make this an issue when heretofore there was none. The City Council decided to go with the mayor and vote to remove the offensive chunks of metal. Now that there is a cry to remove any name or symbol that has a shred of history that one could possibly find offensive, let’s consider this: No man is without sin. All fall short of the glory of God. He who is without sin cast the first stone.

So please, if this madness keeps going, just stop erecting statues to people. Put a large fleur-de-lis on Lee’s pedestal. Change Jefferson Davis Parkway to just Parkway or Tree Lane. Anything that will not cause someone anxiety as they live and travel through this great city.

Kay Panno

retired registered nurse