LETTERS

Columbus statue still stands, but may find a new home

Posted 8/2/22

To the Editor,

So many meetings and discussions regarding this statue that has stood in Providence for over 100 years. Why is there an issue now in the last few years? Seems Providence has been …

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LETTERS

Columbus statue still stands, but may find a new home

Posted

To the Editor,


So many meetings and discussions regarding this statue that has stood in Providence for over 100 years. Why is there an issue now in the last few years? Seems Providence has been scared off by a group who has damaged the statue with paint and using their points of view against his presents in the area.

They are also against an Italian icon, that has meant so much to history and Italian descent. Italians have been slighted by these actions.

Who are these people to judge Columbus as an evil man? Only god can judge another person. What if the statue was of Jesus, would they do the same thing? See there is a fine line in the way people think and what they believe. By right, this statue should stay where it is and be protected by the City of Providence. All history should be preserved and looked at what it meant at the time of its presence.

So now another meeting on 7-20-22 in Providence and I was present as a supporter of keeping the statue alive for all Italian descent. There are many groups who are pulling together as we speak for a working solution to keep the statue in view for all to see.

From what I learned at the meeting ,a RFP was going out in August for someone to take control of the Statute. Bidders will be given a chance to give their ideas on how they want to house this statue.

There was a sample RFP presented, but was completely out of context. They stated ridiculous demands and were mentioning leases and sales. What I do hope is that all the concerned people are notified about this RFP and given a fear chance to bid their ideas.

I did observe from the meeting that there were two committees handling this situation from the City of Providence and many ideas were being tossed around. The biggest concerns were to have the statue where the public could view it, protect it and maintain some type of security. All of this could have been done where it was with a fence and some cameras. Why are they not doing this makes no sense.


Louis Spremulli, of Johnston

Pannese Society Member

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  • umpwuggly

    “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

    ― George Orwell, 1984

    We don't teach therefore we don't learn from history or great literature.

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