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Supports statue


To the editor:

I am Dr. S.M. Davis’ brother Welton Davis, doing missionary work for many years in Bolivia, South America.

Before returning here in April to Bolivia, I was in Lincoln and saw his presentation on the Lincoln statue.  Not just because he is my brother, but I think this is a tremendous idea and plan that would put Lincoln "on the map" so to speak. I hope it comes to the developmental stage soon in honor of a great man and president—Lincoln.  Most of the world looks up to him.

I would love to be there for the dedication.


Welton Davis

Santa Cruz, Bolivia, South America

Davis explains his reasons for proposed Abraham Lincoln statue


To the editor:

I’m amazed and appreciative for the many positive comments in relation to my proposal for a 305-foot-tall statue of Abraham Lincoln.

I have presented the slide presentation to several civic groups and also to a group of students at the Lincoln Junior High School. The junior high students voted to build the statue and also did a study on how to do it and where it should be located. In a question-and-answer session with the junior high students, many wise questions were asked. One such question was, "Why do you want to build such a statue?"

My answer went something like this: Every year more books are written about two men than any other men in history. Those men are Jesus Christ and Abraham Lincoln.

Of course many of us believe that Jesus was both God and man. Nonetheless, Lincoln was truly a great man and many would argue that he was our country’s greatest president.

I would love to see the statue built to honor this truly great man. In fact, I would suggest that any written charter for the statue have included in it that no display of any kind could ever be used that did not show respect to the life, character and memory of Abraham Lincoln.

A second reason to build the statue is to encourage the development of character in our youth. One has only to read the newspaper to see that we are experiencing something of a character crisis among America’s youth.

If the statue is built, tens of thousands of youth would come to visit is. What a potentially powerful impact a Character Art Gallery could have with 40 to 50 Lloyd Ostendorf-style paintings portraying event from the life of Abraham Lincoln. These events could demonstrate honesty, humility, sincerity, boldness, justice, compassion, responsibility, diligence, forgiveness, initiative, etc. A two- or three-paragraph description of each picture along with a quote by Mr. Lincoln himself extolling the virtue could have a great impact on young people. Perhaps some emphasis on character could also be developed in relation to the Watermelon Playground. Would it not be phenomenal if, as our population increased, our crime rate decreased because of an emphasis on character?

Would the statue promote tourism? I would hope so. Would it benefit our economy? I think so. But I really suspect that those things would not be as powerful and beneficial in the long range as the other things.

S.M. Davis




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