What’s in a school’s name?

Re “Noth­ing to do with lynch­ing,” Aug. 5

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Had I read this ar­ti­cle on April 1, I would have thought it was an April Fools’ piece.

Be­ing a “Lynch,” I was ap­palled at the pro­posal to change the name of Ore­gon’s Lynch View Ele­men­tary. This is po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness on steroids.

Gee, should I now shield my hand when sign­ing a bill so as not to of­fend? Should I al­ways add a par­en­thet­i­cal (“It’s just my last name; I’m not a racist”) ad­den­dum to my printed name on doc­u­ments?

I hope saner heads pre­vail in this rewrit­ing of his­tory, but I fear the worst. John Lynch

West Hol­ly­wood

In­stead of try­ing to ster­il­ize in­sti­tu­tions, the dis­trict should call the schools “Pa­trick Lynch” and “Cather­ine Lynch” to make it clear that Lynch is a sur­name while pre­serv­ing the city’s his­tory. Michael Helperin

Los An­ge­les

As a proud Lynch of Ir­ish an­ces­try, I was ap­palled at your story con­cern­ing Ore­gon’s Cen­ten­nial School Dis­trict pos­si­bly chang­ing the names of three schools that honor my maiden name.

In the cur­rent cli­mate, should a word or phrase of­fend any­one, it is man­dated that the word must be im­me­di­ately re­moved from use in the English lan­guage. If this is not the ab­so­lute Or­wellian insanity iden­ti­fied in the book “1984,” then I don’t know what is.

I, for one, will con­tinue to teach my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren the an­ces­try and mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions those with the name Lynch made to bet­ter the world. And thank heav­ens the ma­jor­ity of Cen­ten­nial/ Lynch fam­i­lies think the same. Judy (Lynch) Sel­fridge-Thomas


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