By: Sophie Zermuehlen, Capital Times (Madison, WI), May 1, 2002 Wednesday
Dear Editor: I've been following the controversy about the naming of a new
Madison park after a
Hmong general with some distress. By all means, investigate the allegations against
this particular general, if that seems so important to some people, especially
Hmong neighbors and fellow citizen.
But let us not name the park after a general, no matter what the outcome of the
inquiry. Let us not name a Madison park after a military man, especially not a
high-ranking man, because you don't get there without a lot of blood on your
If you have to name a park after a military man, then let it be one of those
many simple soldiers who died in a war they didn't ask to be sent to, and who
probably wondered what they were dying for.