Letters to the Editor

DeLyle M. Evans: Wilson was a great president

In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson endorsed the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The same year he issued his privileges for peace known as the Fourteen Points. He kept us out of World War I until 1917 when he asked Congress to declare war in order to make “the world safe for democracy.” The war ended a year later.

In 1919 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his sponsorship of the League of Nations. French premier Georges Clemenceau said that talking to Wilson was like talking to Jesus Christ. Wilson is rated as one of our 10 best presidents.

So it is difficult to understand why N&O writer John Shaffer wrote the Dec. 7 column “Wilson’s grim past should not be erased,” which personally criticized the president. Shaffer needs reminding that Josephus Daniels was a strong supporter and friend of President Wilson and served as secretary of the Navy during his administration.

I do not believe that the N&O’s patriarch would approve of Shaffer’s denunciation of one of Daniels’ best friends and one of our greatest presidents.

DeLyle M. Evans