South Carolinians are trying to decide how they should honor their Confederate heritage, particularly in the state capital.

We might learn something from the countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The communist governments in those countries built many statues to honor their leaders.

After the fall of communism in 1989 the new governments had to decide what to do with those statues because many of the citizens as well as the new legislators wanted to take the statues down.

The Hungarians found an interesting solution. They moved all of the statues out of the city of Budapest and put them in a park outside the city limits. They call it “Monument Park.”

People can see the monuments any time they wish but they no longer will find them in Budapest as a constant reminder of a time many — but by no means all — Hungarians would like to put behind them.

Bill N. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Highway 17 North

Mount Pleasant