It’s time Hamil­ton had a new name

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Mayor Fred fundrais­ing for a gi­ant city hall sign (May 8)

I think we ought to hon­our a well-es­tab­lished Hamil­ton tra­di­tion and pro­ceed with a long pub­lic de­bate be­fore we erect a mon­u­men­tal sign for the amal­ga­mated com­mu­ni­ties of An­caster-Bin­brook-Carlisle-Copetown-Dun­das-Flam­bor­ough-Freel­ton-Glan­brookGreensville-Hamil­ton-Jerseyville-Lyn­den-Mill­groveMount Hope-Rock­ton-Sh­effield-Stoney Creek-Stra­bane-Wa­ter­down-Westover-Wi­nona. (My apolo­gies if I missed any­one.)

Why should it be as­sumed we are all to be known as Hamil­ton rather than Rock­ton?

If it is nec­es­sary that we sub­mit to the name of the largest en­tity, let’s be for­ward think­ing, for­get the name Hamil­ton and erect a TORONTO sign for our­selves. The de­sign is al­ready com­plete and we’d be well ahead of sched­ule for a change.

But it would be far bet­ter if we asked why the amal­ga­ma­tion of our many unique com­mu­ni­ties hasn’t spawned a new, more inclusive name in the man­ner of the Thunder Bay and Cam­bridge amal­ga­ma­tions. Bob Yates, Hamil­ton

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