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Leave Boggy Peak Alone!

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As many of you know, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has made a choice to rename Boggy Peak after USA President-elect Barack Obama. While this is a wonderful gesture towards the feat that Senator Obama accomplished when no one else could, there are several reasons why myself and I am sure many others feel that this decision was rash. 1) Senator Obama is Kenyan-American. If he was Antiguan-American, then the dedication would have been appropriate. If anyone should rename a national natural landmark after him, it should be his father's hometown in Kenya, or the USA, since the breakthrough was even better for black Americans than it was for black West Indians. Furthermore, Antigua has many pioneers and national heroes left to be honored. Why are they forgotten What will the youth learn about their forefathers if there is nothing to remind us of them, but there is an entire mountain re-named to honor a leader of another country 2)It was too premature. The election has just passed, and he has yet to be sworn in. Also he should have at least served a year or two in office before being gifted with a mountain. In other words, Senator Obama must prove to his people and the rest of the world that he is a great president, and therefore worthy of receiving such prestigious rewards. 3)Boggy peak is a national landmark. To simply up and re-name is after Sen. Obama is changing our history. When dealing with history, one should add to it, not take away. If anything, a better gift would be a street, or a highway, or a beach, since we have 365 beaches, and only about 50 at the most have been named. That leaves 315 beach at least without names. PM Spencer, why not take the time to observe our lovely beaches and choose one that you think will be great to represent your esteemed colleague and fellow future world leader These are not our reasons alone for being against it. Many of our fellow peers feel just as strongly, if not more so. If you are in agreement with us, please sign our petition. Renee Jarvis and Athina Monroe


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