Honor Reagan's legacy

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

The following editorial appeared in today's Indianapolis Star:

A group of prominent Republicans is campaigning to have Ronald Reagan replace Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. They want a Reagan memorial erected on the National Mall and every state in the union to have at least one Reagan landmark...

So adamant is the group that one member of Congress has threatened to hold up federal funds for the Washington area subway system unless the subway airport stop is renamed for Reagan.

Reagan deserves the admiration and affection of all Americans. He will have it regardless of how many airports or aircraft carriers bear his name. The push for recognition now is unseemly, particularly when it is clear he has not long to live. Reagan's letter telling the American people that he has Alzheimer's was typical of the man's gallantry and grace. Members of the legacy project should remember who it is they seek to honor.

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