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Not Much in a Name

RECEIVED Tue., June 30, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I see that the trustees of the Austin Independent School District board have grasped the red flag of political correctness and joined the stampede of sheep to rename or obliterate everything related to the Confederacy [“The End of the Confederacy at UT?” News, June 23]. In this case, our schools. They must feel good about it, but it's another local case of small people doing small things. Changing the name of something doesn't change the nature of it. Changing a school's name doesn't change its performance, the students, the community, history, or the nature of man. Where does it end? Texas was a Confederate state, do we change its name too? There could be a contest with a big prize for the winning name. It could be a lot of fun. What I would like to hear from our school board is a public proclamation along the lines of, "We resolve to make the Austin Independent School District the finest public school system in the country. Not just in the top 10 percent, not second best, but the best. That is our only goal, and we will do everything within our power to achieve it." You won't hear anything like that because it would be hard work, and they think small.
Ed Lindlof
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