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To the editor: Columnist George Skelton made a mistake by unjustly comparing the ethnic pride many Latinos possess when they see the Mexican flag to the waving of the Confederate flag at legislative buildings in the South. (“Flags depict a false image,” Column, June 25)

The Confederate flag is a reminder of slavery, and, for some, it is also a symbol of cultural pride. The Mexican flag, on the other hand, is a symbol of ethnic pride, but never at the expense of others, and it has never represented slavery.

Skelton's comments are insensitive to Californians of Mexican descent. He should bear in mind that the United States is home to millions of lawful, hard-working people of Mexican descent who have embraced this country's ideals — including its flag — and who have died while defending our freedoms.

Hilda L. Solis, Los Angeles

The writer is Los Angeles County supervisor for the 1st District.

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To the editor: As we embrace the demise of the Confederate stars and bars with all its dubious symbolism, ("Flag comes down, briefly,” June 28) we continue to celebrate the Stars and Stripes still frequently on display — after 70 years — at the town hall at St. Mere Eglise in Normandy, where the French have not forgotten our sacrifice for their freedom.There are flags and there are flags; all have meaning. Some have run their course. Others deserve to wave in perpetuity.

Hal Greenfader, Los Angeles

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To the editor: While there is much controversy in the gay marriage debate, there should be none regarding the U.S. flag: “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery.” Shame on you, L.A. Times, for printing that picture on Sunday's front page.

Bill Gile, Whittier

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