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To the editor:
I have submitted a vote online toward the decision
for materials to replace the Civil War monument, and submitted a
note to justify a vote from a nonresident of Lincoln and Logan
County. I now offer that note as a letter to the editor, to convey
my feelings to my friends and former neighbors.
I am a resident of Brantley County, Georgia.
I do, however, hold a great deal of love and affection for
Lincoln and Logan County.
For the following reasons I feel not only eligible, but obliged
and compelled to vote on anything of historical importance to my
hometown: born in the Deaconess Hospital of Lincoln; schooled in
Lincoln; having worked and earned a living in Lincoln; past
president (times two) of the Lincoln Lions Club; current and
longtime member of Lincoln Lodge 210; charter member of the Lincoln
Railsplitting Association; close personal friend of Charlie Ott
(alias Abraham Lincoln) and my gone but certainly not forgotten
brother and constant running mate Lester Odell Sheridan.
[to top of second column in this letter]
I have voted for stone, to maintain the original look and
feel of the monument, and to preserve the intent of our forefathers
when the monument was originally erected. I am sure they had the
options of stone or bronze, and they chose stone.
Their choice was more than likely influenced by economics, just
as may be residents now facing the restoration.
If my memory serves me well, the names of Civil War veterans were
engraved into the stone, and were barely legible. If that is
correct, I might suggest bronze plaques bearing the names of those
honored heroes. I am not available to personally suggest this to the
governing committee, but would very much appreciate having it passed
Thomas W. Charron
October 14, 2009]
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