Thursday, October 30, 2003

There's a movement to recall yet another Democratic governor in the West -- Arizona's Janet Napolitano -- but I don't think it'll get very far.

First off, it's being spearheaded by Charles Goodson, chairman of the neo-Confederate Southern Parties of the Southwest.

In addition, one of the reasons he and his fellow recallers want Napolitano out of office is that she bent the rules slightly to have Arizona's Squaw Peak renamed for Lori Piestewa, a Hopi Indian woman who was a member of the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company and who was killed in the Iraq War (she was a close friend of Jessica Lynch and died after the same ambush).

Arizona's Board on Geographic and Historic Names did vote to waive a requirement in this case that a person be dead for five years before the state can name anything in that person's honor. And people disagree on the need to rename landmarks with "squaw" in their names -- some say the word is offensive, while others say that's not etymologically true.

But really, now: Do we not want to honor Lori Piestewa?

Charles Goodson is a fool. Darrel Issa he ain't.

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