Custer didn’t change course of battle
It is questionable that Gen. George A. Custer “led a cavalry charge that changed the course of the battle” of Gettysburg (July 6 Opinion Line). Custer led the 1st Michigan Cavalry on a number charges against Gen. J.E.B. Stuart and was turned back on all occasions, though a toll was taken on Stuart’s men.
It was Union Maj. Gen. David Gregg’s cavalry division, of which Custer was a part, that held the day. Custer lost an unusually large number of men in his attempt at glory. It is for this reason that Custer is not remembered for Gettysburg – and instead remembered for “a little mistake,” which I gather was a reference to his loss of more than 250 men at the Battle of Little Bighorn. The general’s widow wrote a biography of Custer after his death that I understand offers a rosier view of the general’s career and may be the source of the writer’s views.
The rail fence bordering the Codori farm on the Emmitsburg Road caused a blockage to Confederate Gen. George Pickett’s charge and played a more important role in the outcome of the battle, passive though it may have been, than the active, though limited part, played by Custer.
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WILLIAM H. RUTHERFORD JR.
I can certainly understand Charles Koch’s frustration with and disdain for an economic and political system that has only allowed him to become a multibillionaire (“Charles Koch to launch Wichita ad campaign,” July 10 Eagle). I’ve no doubt that were it not for ill-conceived, shortsighted, and unnecessary rules and regulations that make it more difficult for Koch’s companies to pollute our air and water, demand that meters used to determine how much oil his companies are extracting from Native American lands be calibrated, and require him to pay workers, at a minimum, the lavish sum of $7.25 per hour, he would have attained the status of multitrillionaire. Perhaps he would then be more successful at buying national elections. He’s already been quite successful at the state level.
JACK E. NIBLACK
Free not to shop
David Green, the owner of Hobby Lobby, has every right to express his views and to fight vigorously and tirelessly to protect the faith and values he holds dear (“Dictating views,” July 6 Letters to the Editor).
As free-thinking citizens, we make the choices of where to shop and work. If, at any time, we disagree with the philosophies or practices of an organization, we can cease to associate with it.
Business owners know that they risk losing business and employees when they put forward their political and philosophical beliefs (Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby, Apple, etc.). They weigh these risks before they proceed. If the letter writer feels strongly enough, he should stop shopping at Hobby Lobby and tell other like-minded citizens to follow his lead. It is amazing how easily our society affords us the opportunities to express, respectfully, our discontent toward others.
KURT L. CARTER
Freedom of choice
The July 4 edition of The Eagle included one full-page advertisement by the Great Plains Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and another by Hobby Lobby, Hemispheres and Mardel stores. We in America have been blessed with the right of free speech. We also have God-given free will, which allows us choice, including the choice Joshua expressed so well in Joshua 24:15: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
ELLA MARIE LEHL FREDERICK
Led toward God
The July 4 full-page ad by a chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State caught my attention.
The Declaration of Independence recognized the Creator and divine wisdom in both public and private affairs. The Bill of Rights is clear: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Similar state documents and our court system are based on Christian principles. The continuous attempt to build a wall only hides the truth and divides our nation.
Our nation has been led toward God by presidents. If we fail to lead our city, even our nation, toward God, where will we lead it? The New Testament makes Jesus the light or truth of the world. Without such light and followers of that light, truth disappears.
I stopped by the Cotillion the other day to get my refund on the Cody Simpson concert tickets. He was supposed to perform on July 26 but joined Justin Bieber’s tour. I’m 11 years old and was going to his concert for my birthday. I was very heartbroken, along with many other fans, I’m sure. I wish there was something we could do to get the concert back in Wichita.