Why US flags don’t go on Confederate graves

The intention is likely good, but one wonders what individuals who place American flags on the graves on Confederate soldiers are thinking.

In what is becoming an increasingly frequent occurrence, more and more markers for Confederate dead – including those killed in battle – are being festooned with the Stars and Stripes, usually around Memorial Day.

One supposes the thought among some of the more history-challenged is that a veteran is a veteran is a veteran, but there seems something slightly disconcerting about marking the graves of Confederate soldiers with the flag of the nation that invaded their homeland.

This isn’t an isolated incident, either. In cemeteries across South Carolina graves of numerous Confederate veterans are being decorated with American flags.

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Lack of rain hurting US cotton projections

The uncertainties of farming have been made apparent to cotton growers this spring. Cotton prices remain among the highest on record, but a lack of rain is hindering growing conditions and will likely put a crimp in yield.

The US Department of Agriculture recently reduced expected US cotton production by 1 million bales to 17 million bales, due largely to drought conditions across the South.

According to Southeast Farm Press, the reduction is mainly the result of expected higher abandonment resulting from the increased severity of the drought, particularly in Texas.

Exports were reduced 500,000 bales to 13 million bales. Forecast consumption by China was reduced 500,000 bales, as the recent slow pace of imports indicates sluggish demand now and early in the new marketing year, the publication reported.

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