There are many narratives surrounding Confederate statues and where they should found. As subjects of American history, I have no problem finding these statues in parks, schools or colleges they attended, battlefields or history museums. They tell the story of the American experience.

However, if it wasn't for Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman (both hated in the South), the leaders of the Confederacy may well have been executed for treason to the United States. Where would those statues be now? The answer is there would be none.

I believe these people should be remembered, but they should never be honored with a place in front of a government building or voting venues. They really weren't American heroes; they were just part of an unpleasant past.

It's OK to remember history, but there are many American heroes more worthy of our admiration.

Michael Cornell, Lake Wales