I’m as Southern as they get, and I’ve read many of the comments about whether or not we should continue to fly the Confederate flag.

The right thing to do, I believe, is to understand that we now have a flag that represents all Americans, the flag of the United States of America.

While the Confederate flag represents a significant time in our history, that time has passed. We should respectfully place that flag in our museums, under glass, to remind us of those who died honorably defending what they believed to be right, and to remember the injustice and horrors of slavery.

Our nation should become united under one flag — that of the country — regardless of the color of our skin. As Americans — not Afro-Americans or Irish-Americans or Asian-Americans. That “hyphen” will keep us divided. Americans are just Americans, and that name is known and respected or feared by the entire world.

This 4th of July, let’s celebrate our independence united as Americans. God bless the United States of America.

Mike Moore

Pimpernel Street