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The War Without End

The history books say America’s Civil War ended in 1865. But for some folks on the losing side of that conflict, the end of the shooting war only begat the start of our nation’s internal Cold War. Those hostilities have played out in any number of ways not necessary to go into here, but at times it seems they will never end. Case in point this week comes from Tennessee, where the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that state lawmakers have stripped $250,000 in state funds from the budget that had been allocated to the city for its bicentennial celebration. Why, you ask? Because Memphis last year removed two Civil War statues, one honoring Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest – a proud member of the Ku Klux Klan - and another honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis. So if you were wondering about the cost of integrity...it’s $250K.