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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 our 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 hands.

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.