Historic preservation in Oxford
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Can't preserve it all

Concerning the stone mound in Oxford: It is an undisputable fact that for the last 9,000 years people have lived in what is Alabama. If we try to preserve and protect every pile of rocks and every mound of dirt erected by these people, we might as well move to Oklahoma and return the land to its rightful owners, whoever they may be.

Having grown up in these rocky hills, I have helped erect many rock piles. My wife and I reared three boys in these same hills. When they were young, we purchased a tract of land that borders the Cherokee Indian boundary line. It had its share of these sacred rocks.

We decided to remove these rocks to prevent damage to our equipment. On one occasion while we were picking up some of the relics, our oldest son asked what we were going to build with them. My answer was that we were building character. I wonder if in a few generations from now our ancestors will discover these monuments of character and progress will be suspended until properly disposed.

Oh, if anyone would like to volunteer to build some monuments, I still have a few rocks left. Due to the fact that I have some Cherokee blood in my ancestry, these comments do not mean any disrespect to our Native Americans.

Orville "Doc" Johnson
Appalling actions

I am appalled at the audacity and arrogance of Oxford Mayor Leon Smith and City Project Manager Fred Denney for their actions and quoted comments regarding the Native American stone mound. I grew up in Anniston and I have Creek Indian ancestors from that area. I don't know that they are buried there, but they could be.

Fast forward a hundred years or so, and I wonder what Smith's and Denney's grandchildren (or great-grandchildren) would feel about their family cemeteries being destroyed for a parking lot. I don't know what their feelings would be, but I do know that I got cold chills when I read about their plans.

It's evidence enough for me to know that this is just not right.

P.J. Eller
Easley, S.C.
Too little too late

Why didn't someone get interested in the Native American stone mound when the talk of the Oxford Exchange first begin? My husband has lived here since 1982 and said he's never heard anything about that being an Indian mound. I am all for historic preservation, but I don't give my support to it when people wait until the 11th hour to do anything about it.

To all of the people who have any information about historical people, places and things, come forward now and let's do what is necessary to get them protected. Otherwise, they will be moved or destroyed for progress.

We need Sam's Club because we need jobs. Let's not make it sorry it made the decision to come here. Let's not make other businesses think twice about locating in our area.

Janie Arnold
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