A monument to Charles Didier Dreux, the first Confederate officer from Louisiana killed in the American Civil War, had his nose removed allegedly by the Meow Meow Liberation Front-Secular Animist Action Squad in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, May 31, 2017. At the same time the controversial legislation HB 71, that would require a public vote before Confederate monuments can be removed, was due up in the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee in Baton Rouge.

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON

Frank B. Stewart, Ben Bagert, Richard Marksbury and other patriots are to be commended for their outstanding, respectful efforts to retain magnificent, historical works of art which are part of history, like it or not.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in his bias, did not allow a vote of the people of New Orleans on the monuments, and has sealed his political fate, acting like the barbarians in the Middle East in removal of all traces of Christianity. It is an attack on history. Landrieu will forever be remembered as a divisive, bitter man.

Elizabeth Bellipanni

Entergy, retired