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Changing the Names

by Jan Schroder

Occasionally, I grow a winter beard to check silver content. My whiskers disappear by spring, yet today they are endangered by recent comments likening me to young Robert E. Lee.

Years ago, that might have been a compliment, but with New Orleans removing Lee’s statue and Civil War generals disappearing from Atlanta’s streets, I may shave tonight. Apparently, 1880s journalist/orator Henry Grady is now toxic. This year, a Texas school expunged his name and Midtown Atlanta’s Grady student newspaper suggests the same.

Since men are ultimately imperfect, let’s name future landmarks after numbers, birds, animals and trees. Or God.

Chris Schroder, SPR Atlanta

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