State Sen. Paul Thurmond would have made his father proud for stepping up and boldly calling for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. In true Thurmond style, Paul courageously took the initiative to be one of the first lawmakers to officially make the call, and he did it in a manner reminiscent of his late father, U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond. His strong statements hit home and he held nothing back in his eloquent speech on the Senate floor.

As a relative and former staffer of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, and knowing him in the way I knew him, I believe with all my heart that Strom could not have been more proud of his son. I, too, am extremely proud of him.

Matthew B. Chandler

Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired

Strathmore Lane

Mount Pleasant