Wednesday, January 30, 2008

C.M. Goethe

We often argue that our forefathers should be evaluated in their own times, not ours. Charles Goethe will not be given such absolution, despite his positive contributions to Sacramento. After removing his name from the Sac State arboretum, a middle school and other landmarks, the county supes are removing his name from the park.

As a money-saving measure, I was going to suggest that the county keep the name and change the referent to the philosopher Goethe, but the first names would have to be changed anyway, and thousands of folks would have to learn to pronounce the name in German (gur-tah, not gay-tee).

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