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Georgian says statue should be stone

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InsuranceTo 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.

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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 along.


Thomas W. Charron
Native son
Waynesville, Ga.

[Posted October 14, 2009]

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