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  • I’ve lived in the Bellingham area for over forty years and have walked that bridge dozens of times. Though I noticed the name and am certain Pickett’s name on it is undeserved, I am far more offended by a City Council that is so stupidly unable to set priorities for itself that the name of an old concrete bridge in one of our parks is taking up their time and energy. Really? Are there no more pressing issues more deserving time and attention that relate to what is actually happening in our once fair city than having the name of a sixty foot concrete bridge chiseled off? Get off your hobby horse of political correctness and do some work that might benefit all the people of Bellingham. Two suggestions: try to actually set priorities that guide your attention instead of running around with your hair on fire crying about the latest thing you’ve found to be offended by, also try to understand the irony of his name on a bridge that keeps people safe, allows their passage forward over an otherwise treacherous obstacle and is a place daily used for peaceful admiration of nature’s beauty. If you lack the subtlety to enjoy such irony, please consider a different line of work. (Before you label me a white supremacist, I happen to be a Native American; 256 times more than Elizabeth Warren.)

  • After serving here, Lieutenant Picket went to American camp on San Juan Island to do his part in the “Pig War Island” dispute and resolve the border. It wasn’t until the civil was that he resigned his commission and returned to his family home to take a position with the Confederate Army.

  • Does anyone know when this bridge (again, not Pickett’s original bridge) actually got this name? Do we have evidence that the original bridge was called the Pickett Bridge? Or was this name applied later? As the Southern Poverty Law Center shows in their report “Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy”, most confederate monuments were named much later, usually as reactionary responses to the civil rights movement. I wouldn’t be surprised if this bridge was named by people allied to Bellingham’s KKK group that was active in the early 20th century. Can we find documentation from when it was originally named? https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/whoseheritage-timeline150_years_of_iconography.jpg

  • History is history – nobody’s worshiping the bridge, the worst thing one can do is wash away bad or inconvenient truths of History and hide it from our descendants. When one starts to remove names and hide ugly facts from people because it hurts their feelings you break the links that form historic chains of events. What results is a censored truth and that’s definitely not American –

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