I’ve been a resident of Craig County for over fifteen years, and I’m the grandson of a Confederate soldier. The statue of the Confederate soldier in front of the Craig County Courthouse will either come down or stay standing depending on who we choose to be the next leader of the Commonwealth on November 7.
Neither candidate has been shy about what they think should be done with historic statues. Ralph Northam will do everything in his power to take them down, while Ed Gillespie will fight to keep them in place.
The Craig County monument is part of our history. It’s as important as any other landmark in our town and it’s troubling that some people are pressuring our leaders to remove it.
These folks claim that our historic statues belong in museums, but they are not considering the implications. Would our statue be located in a museum in a close proximity to Craig County? Who would bear the cost of the relocation?
I know I would rather put our tax dollars towards our fire department, our school system and other core government services than to pay for a monument removal policy I oppose.
If we elect Ed Gillespie this November, the monuments will stay up, and we can apply our government resources towards the real issues that matter. Ed is the only choice for governor this fall.
– Maury Duncan, retired Craig County resident