Roo­sevelt statue a ‘fine ad­di­tion’

The Tribune (SLO) - - Opinion -

The pro­posed statue of Theodore Roo­sevelt has ini­ti­ated a healthy and nec­es­sary dis­cus­sion about our dark past and who we are as a na­tion. Roo­sevelt was not a per­fect man or a per­fect pres­i­dent; we are not a per­fect na­tion.

If we only put up stat­ues of per­fect peo­ple, there would be no stat­ues. Roo­sevelt, how­ever, was a great man; a man of his time; a pow­er­ful voice for con­ser­va­tion. Had we (and other na­tions) not fol­lowed the trail blazed by Roo­sevelt and set aside vast swaths of for­est and other lands for con­ser­va­tion, we would be that much fur­ther down the path of global col­lapse. I think a statue of Roo­sevelt — es­pe­cially one by Paula Zima — would be a fine ad­di­tion to San Luis Obispo. – Pat Veesart, Santa Mar­garita

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