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Jeffry Uecker

Excellent, well-considered writeup. Thank you for the perspective.

Matt Kallio

The problem with taking down the mistakes we've made is that we will forget them, and succeeding generations will go ahead and make them all over again. I say, leave up the slaveowners' statues so we can talk about them. Leave Trump's tweeted lies up for all to see and judge. And so on. Your idea of dueling statues sounds good to me.
And please put back Abe and Teddy.

Brian Borrello

Even Michaelangelo's David sculpture faced "embracing obsolecence," as public display of artwork also implies a culture evaluating the artworks' use/value to symbolize 'obsolete' values and ideologies of the day.
https://www.sylviaprincebooks.com/blog/2016/the-politics-of-david

Douglas Kelso

I've thought for years of creating a "Mt. Rushmore sequence" on the South Park Blocks with relocated statues of Washington and Jefferson joining Lincoln and Roosevelt outside the Oregon Historical Society. If that's a worthwhile concept, this might be a good time to think about it.

As for the statue of Harvey Scott, that might be better located inside the Oregon Historical Society, if there's a place for it. Both the man and the sculptor are historically significant, but I don't think either warrants public honor in the 21st century.

I'd chip in to a fund to put Abigail Scott Duniway's statue on Mt. Tabor, replacing her brother.

The Elk should face the river. Its old position left it turning its back to the one-way traffic on Main.

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