Keep General Lee's Name on Our Middle SchoolOpinion
OPINION — In the wake of all the turmoil going on in our country, be it pandemic, social unrest, rioting, looting, race issues, it’s important that we rise above this. Which I truly believe we will. That’s my hope, my prayer, my goal I work on daily.
Until recently we have just watched horrible things happening to our country, our state and our cities on TV. But now it is trying to affect our city.
I’m talking about the petition proposing a name change to Robert E. Lee Jr High
In a world where we have to sanitize almost everything, let’s not sanitize our history. We learn from history and changing the name will not change that. Robert E. Lee Jr. High was built in 1949 and thousands and thousands of students, faculty and staff have proudly walked the halls and have gone on to live good lives with no adverse effects from sitting in a desk in a school named after a famous Confederate General.
I worked tirelessly in 1999 to put on a wonderful 50th anniversary LJH. I collected so much memorabilia from former students. It made my heart swell that so many kept so much to remember their days at LJH.
Seriously, I was a student at Lee in the late 60’s and early 70’s and was and still am a proud Lee Rebel! Our daughter attended Lee in the late 90’s and we have 2 grandchildren there now. So to say we are proud to be Lee Rebels is an understatement. I know for a fact that our family is not alone in these feelings.
Come on San Angelo we are better than this! We fight for our heritage, our history of our great city. We band together and fight for what’s important. I remember how we fought to keep Goodfellow AFB off the closure list, and we WON!!
I feel if we let this happen it will snow ball and there will be no end. Let us keep San Angelo proud, keep San Angelo a good place to live, learn and grow!
Thank you and May God continue to bless us all
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