In response to the letters about changing the name of Thomas Johnson High School. I think since in today’s world where anything and everything offends someone, do not name any school, street, road, highway, stadium, building or any structure after any human being. Just give everything a number. It seems any person living or dead has someone in their family history, no matter if you go back hundreds of years that could look as if they are guilty of something.

I dare to say that anyone today running for a public office, where in the future may have something named for them, could not come out clean. They may have a great-great-great-grandfather who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family. How could anyone vote for him with such a family history of thieves. Where I am going with this is you can’t change history, good or bad, anyway you see fit for your own way.

David Weddle

Frederick

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DickD

Changing names will not change history. Are we going to rewrite history too?

phydeaux994

Leave the Schools and the streets and the buildings and the parks and the statues and the names as they are. There are still millions in America who believe exactly the same way many Americans did in those times and since then. This Nation is divided today for the same reason. Next thing you know they’ll try to erase the history of the annihilation of the Real Americans.

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phydeaux994

And then there are the Democrats!!

jwhamann

Frederick Public High School No. 2.

olefool

Let's have a national vote on the renaming issue in the next election cycle. The Afro-American population represents just 12.3% of the US population. That would probably resolve the issue.

shiftless88

Interesting that you think that this is only supported by African Americans. If such thinking were true then we never would have had civil rights reforms in the 60's.

gabrielshorn2013

And it is surprising to assume that all of African American decent support this PC nonsense.

shiftless88

Yet again someone throws out the blanket of "PC" to cover a range of things that have nothing to do with political correctness.

gabrielshorn2013

Shiftless, this is all PC whether you wish to recognize it or not. Thomas Johnson was a great American patriot ( hence the team name "Patriots ") and founding father. Removing his name from two schools for practicing something that was extremely common in all of the colonies by the majority of the upperclass is just plain silly.

shiftless88

It is disappointing but typical of political rhetoric today that people like the LTE writer purposely mis-state the arguments

pwinzer

Attacking the straw man is not new but it is deceptive and all too common.

public-redux

Some thoughts:

1. Imaginary numbers elementary schools
שתים. Base 8 for middle schools
III. Irrational numbers for high schools.

awteam2000

“a great-great-great-grandfather who stole a loaf of bread to feed his family” , That would be ‘Jean Valjean Boulevard’ .

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awteam2000

User1, you may not be aware but Frederick already has a “snowflake policy” for naming schools. TJ was grandfathered in. I think no other schools in Frederick County are named after anyone accept TJ junior and senior high and Lincoln elementary. There might be a couple of others but going forward, they won’t be.

threecents

[thumbup]AW

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glenkrc

Looks like it was an elementary school.

https://wtvr.com/2018/06/18/school-honoring-confederate-general-renamed-barack-obama-elementary/

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Thewheelone

User just wants to show off that he/she can call people names just like the president, the president's minions and many posters on this site. Where does that name calling stop, User? I bet if you asked the 95% African American kids in that school if "Obama" represents an offensive name to them, they would say no. I bet if you asked them whether or not the former name of the school,J.E.B. Stuart, represents an offensive name to them they would say yes. BTW, usually one uses "a" when the next word starts with a vowel and uses "an" when the next word starts with a consonant. Your grammar is as offensive as your spelling, User.

hayduke2

Wheel - [thumbup][thumbup]

cebcnb

What school of grammar did you attend (BTW, usually one uses "a" when the next word starts with a vowel and uses "an" when the next word starts with a consonant.)? Also, in your "opinion pole", why would you only ask the questions to 95% of the A.A. kids? Wouldn't that be discriminating to leave out 5%? Before schooling others, maybe you should check your own "facts", spelling and grammar before clicking the post comment icon.

Thewheelone

cebcnb, oops i simply reversed the rule as I tried to remember it. For example a football game, a glass of water, a big deal, etc. as opposed to an idea, an open mind, an insidious thought, an aversion to the truth. There are of course, exceptions to this rule. So an before a consonant and an a before a vowel.

phydeaux994

Yea, it’s very embarrassing to make an English mistake when you’re criticizing someone’s English skills. Fear not, you are forgiven.

Thewheelone

Thank you, Phydeaux. [cool]

public-redux

There is even a name for making an English mistake while correcting someone’s English mistake: Muphrey’s Law.

“Muphry's law is an adage that states: "If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written."[1] The name is a deliberate misspelling of "Murphy's law".”

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law

public-redux

And look! I misspelled Muphry!

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hayduke2

Exactly what in President Obama's tenure or background do you find offensive? Is it that he is educated, well spoken, knowledable, compassionate, rational and capable of listening to those who briefed him?

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