To the editor:

I would like to comment on Rett Rogers’ response to an open letter Dr. Darrel Ray wrote recently.

Mr. Rogers didn’t respond to Dr. Ray’s charge of racism because he’s been incredibly busy. 

And, to quote Mr. Rogers, the Republican Party “doesn’t need to respond to Dr. Ray’s insulting claims of racism because we demonstrate our beliefs by our actions.” 

Or is it by its inactions?

The Republican party and Mr. Rogers had an opportunity to condemn remarks Louis Klemp made a year ago in another unfortunate incident.

According to 41 KSHB and, during a December 2017 meeting discussing holidays, Klemp said, “Not everybody does them all, because we have Robert E. Lee, who, God, Robert E. Lee, wonderful part of history.” Lee was the commander of the Confederate States Army.

Klemp was also quoted as saying, unclearly, “Abraham Lincoln’s was not realized because the Confederacy did not win. We’ll never know how great his importance was because the other side didn’t win, which is all good. I guess. It bothers me that if we’re going to have Martin Luther King Day, why don’t we have a George Washington? I think George was a pretty important guy.”

Klemp went on to say that Washington wouldn’t have his own holiday because he owned slaves.

Reportedly, Klemp also remarked that his great-great-grandfather owned a slave and asked if Oprah Winfrey would be given her own holiday. 

Not one word of condemnation from the Republican Party.

Sometimes, inactions speak louder than words.

And, yes, you do need to answer Dr. Darrel Ray’s questions.