Smith an insult to us all
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Jul 27, 2009 | 4604 views |  21 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a July 21 Associated Press article on the Oxford Native American stone mound, several vile quotes stand out:

1. "It's the ugliest old hill in the world," said [Oxford Mayor Leon] Smith.

2. "City project manager Fred Denney said officials plan to remove the top of the hill eventually to create an elevated, eight-acre site that will overlook the Choccolocco Valley and the city of Oxford.

" 'It would be a beautiful view,' said the mayor, who envisions a motel or restaurant atop the hill."

3. "It's just a pile of rocks is all it is," said Smith.

4. "City officials deny they are insensitive to history."

Mayor Smith has embarrassed not only the city of Oxford, but the whole state of Alabama, with the insensitive manner he has handled this issue. He has also blatantly insulted every Native American in our country.

If you are concerned with preserving our archeological heritage, please actually show up at the next protest.

No matter how much they have hacked away from the mound, Smith needs to hear us loud and clearly because if he gets away with this, what next?

Laurie Charnigo
Jacksonville
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