The hill's future
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Aug 21, 2009 | 3634 views |  7 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The suitable course of action would be to turn Calhoun County's most controversial and notorious hill into Calhoun County's newest tourist attraction, replete with tasteful displays that pay homage to a people's past.

Of course, that's an optimistic viewpoint. And as we've learned the last few weeks, almost nothing involving the city of Oxford's handling of the Native American stone mound behind Oxford Exchange gives off the sweet smell of sanguine thinking.

Nevertheless, it's never too early to start thinking about the hill's future, if it has one. What's Mayor Leon Smith going to do with the hill?

Will he and the city's omnipotent Commercial Development Authority develop it?

Will they mimic a mountain retreat and put a hotel near its peak?

Will they need room for another interstate-friendly restaurant, this one with a splendid view?

Will they open it to the highest bidder and let market forces take over? If so, how will they zone it? Commercial? Residential? Bet the Oxford City Code doesn't have a chapter covering zoning regulations of Native American stone mound sites.

Or, perhaps Oxford should simply leave the hill as it is today. Mangled, decimated, stripped of foliage and topsoil, a puny collection of still-living trees poking skyward like wispy hairs on a newborn's head.

How sad, how appropriate: A visual, unmistakable sign of this regrettable escapade.
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