Defending state's honor
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I thought I'd heard it all in regards to cities kowtowing to businesses.

I lived in Gulf Shores when the city council rammed a Wal-Mart Supercenter down our throats in spite of a petition signed by nearly every registered voter in town. Congratulations, Oxford. With the destruction of the state's largest Native American stone mound just so Sam's Club can have fill dirt, you have taken the cake.

It is hard enough already for an expatriate Alabamian like me to defend what scraps of my home state's honor are left.

But it is impossible to defend the willful destruction of an irreplaceable historical site in the name of the lowest form of crass commercialism.

I will not only agree, but insist, that people such as Mayor Leon Smith deserve scorn and ridicule for daring to say that the site "ain't never been a burial ground," despite compelling expert opinion to the contrary.

I'm sure Smith's constituents are pleased to know that, in the Internet age, people as far away as Oregon know what type of person Oxford has for a mayor. Anyone who supports this travesty should be ashamed.

I hope supporters of this project sleep soundly at night knowing that they've committed an offense in the eyes of God. May God have mercy on the residents of Oxford, if these are the kind of leaders they elect for themselves.

Joe Day
Portland, Ore.
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