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LETTERS: Keep the Columbus statue

LETTERS: Keep the Columbus statue



Kudos to the library

Editor:

Just wanted to say a big “Thank You” to all the staff for doing such a great job with the Park ’n’ Pick-Up program! Even though you’re temporarily closed, you all still manage to get us our books & it works beautifully. Thanks again. 

A grateful reader,

Donna Condon, Wallingford

Keep the Columbus statue

Editor:

Today I write as an Italian-American in support of our Christopher Columbus statue.

I think it is unfair to apply the standards of 2020 to someone living 500 years ago. I’m not arguing that Christopher Columbus was a perfect person — no one is, and no one can be, and who knows how any of what is happening in 2020 will be viewed by those in 2520?

I think the Columbus statue should STAY where it is! Here is why:

1. We cannot erase our nation’s history or the history of any of the people who have played a part in its formation.  The best we can do is learn from it, and do better. Look at the people of our past, acknowledge their contributions and their shortcomings and try to improve. Removing this statue won’t teach anyone anything or improve anything. It will simply continue to the next image from our past judged to be unacceptable by the “squeaky wheels.” This will only end when someone stands up and says “enough.”

2. This statue was a gift to the City and a symbol of pride from the many Italian-Americans that are proud to call Meriden home. Columbus is more than a blip in history from 1492. He is a source of pride for Italian-Americans and all those that sailed here looking for a new life and a better world.  

3.  In the late 19th century, Italian-Americans saw these statues as a way to deflect the racial prejudices directed at them and to carve out their own place in a new world. Don’t you think — especially in our current times — this is something we can learn from and build upon? Doesn’t it strike you as short-sighted to tear down one culture’s icon in the service of another?

Steven Iovanna, Meriden


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