Should we name anything after a non-resident?
Original post made by Kate, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Feb 14, 2007
I have nothing against Martin Luther King or Mrs. King, their heritage or their legacy. But neither had anything remotely to do with Palo Alto - and at that years after the Rev. King was assasinated. If we are going to name anything after someone, how about Bill Hewlett or Dave Packard or Russel Varian who helped to make "Silicon Valley" and put Palo Alto on the global map. How about a Stanford Nobel great in medicine, science, or economics? How about Sally Ride? This emotional suggestion by LaDoris Cordell and Peter Drekmeier was, in my opinion, inappropriate and could be unneccesarily divisive. Sadly anyone who opposes it will be labeled a 'racist'. Such is not the case. This proposal is, in my opinion, ill advised and patently unnecesssary. Both councilmembers have more important items on the agenda, and this was not one of them. May I politely suggest that they, along with Mr. Barton, back off and drop it.