Honor or exploitation?
In a blatant attempt to influence the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, soon to be deciding whether to use the name Piestewa Peak on official documents and maps, the daily pounds again on their racial-guilt drum.
Try this: As a nation and as a community, we honor our war dead. We want to ease the pain. There are other pains that we, as a nation and a community, need to acknowledge. The historic treatment of Native Americans is one of those. The injustices that were committed against these First Americans are a painful legacy.
Today we are not only treated to guilt, but another editorial dose of their pro-Napolitanoism. The ham-handed renaming of Phoenix’s Squaw Peak mountain to honor a fallen solider, adverse to the five-year waiting period was simply wrong. But bestowing such an honor on this specific soldier was not serendipitous.
It should be acknowledged that this particular solider, Lori Piestewa, a member of the Hopi tribe, was able, in death, to do for Arizona’s crafty governor what the unfortunate young mother of two could never have done in life. She gifted the politically ambitious Janet Napolitano with a vitally important inroad to Arizona tribal votes.
We grieve for Army Pfc Lori Piestewa and her family — just as we do for every military life lost and disability suffered by our combat personnel. Yet we also recognize that this was a purely political move that requires some rational reflection be brought to this issue.
Today the newspaper acknowledges the governor’s political maneuvering and outlandish tactics were beyond the pale when her swaggering henchman and former aide, Mario Diaz, threatened commissioners on the Arizona panel to ramrod the name change through by saying: It was the wrong way to do it, but it was the right thing to do.
The editorialist omitted two important words: For Napolitano.