Letter: Let's review our history as we review the monuments


Re: Christopher Foulds’ column of July 1 (‘Statues of limitations’):

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It’s hard to fully pull back the curtain on historical truth, hard to let go of the shibboleths, the cultural tropes on which we’ve all been raised.

MacDonald, Churchill and Gaglardi are surely deserving of a full critique. We celebrate the wrong history. We throw up the wrong heroes. Give us Big Bear, an assortment of Wobblies, Tommy Douglas, the true geniuses of industrial invention and the poets who speak deeper truths.

We are properly done with the lesser luminaries, though Churchill’s visionary leadership does allow some forgiveness of his prior political history.

Mark Langford


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