I really don’t know whether Kate Cohen’s July 12 op-ed, “The far right can take the Betsy Ross flag,” was serious or tongue-in-cheek. And that’s the problem. If this is a battle in the culture war, then let’s make this a decisive battle. If the Betsy Ross flag is a symbol of slavery, then every national flag until the 36-star flag, adopted on July 4, 1865, was a symbol of slavery. All these flags should be banned from being flown and relegated to museums. The 36-star flag, 1865-1867, was the first official flag after the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery and involuntary servitude, was passed. Thereafter, our national flag ceased to be a symbol of slavery, but all succeeding flags to the present 50-star flag do remain symbols of racism. How we deal with them is a battle for another day. Then there’s the question of those shameful 13 red and white stripes. Ah, so many battles to be fought.