Looking back on history

Dear Editor,

I was intrigued by your assertion that a mistake occurred when newscasters called the recent breach of the Capitol “the first since the War of 1812.”

I can understand why you would believe that and you are certainly entitled to your beliefs. However, when it was breached in 1954, it wasn’t breached by a mob, but by four people. I well remember it even though I was only 13 years of age at the time. Well, I suppose four people can be called a mob. Whatever you call it, it was horrible and my brain is still scrambled from it and from the four years this country endured the reign of Trump.

I definitely plan on reading the book you referenced, “Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry.” A bit more brain unscrambling is needed before I tackle that.

I understand why you would be annoyed by what you perceive as historical error as I have the same problem, especially when it is announced to the world and I want to immediately throw something at the TV.

My most recent annoyance was when Justice Sotomayor mispronounced Kamala Harris’s name when she was swearing her in as Vice-President. This was almost unforgivable... such an historic event and the Justice could not take the time to learn how to say her name. ( In case any of your readers are making the same error, Ms. Harris explained it very clearly on TV a few months ago: Comma-La.

Now, I want to thank you for publishing a photo of the old Walnut Ridge School Building, built in 1907. My mother, Essie Whitlow, was probably a first-grader in 1908. She graduated as valedictorian with a class of eight in 1922 and was a little old for a senior because she missed some time caring for her ill mother. I, also, spent time in that building as a sixth-grader. I was sorry to see that historic building demolished and I want to thank my cousin, James Whitlow, (also known as James Bryan on the farm!), for presenting it.


Peggy Whitlow Jeffcoat

Seattle, WA

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