Referencing the March 12 edition of the Telegram, it would appear that cancel culture has reached out community with the launching of discussion by the mayor's commision on communities of color to rename Moccasin Mike Road as introduced by Councilor Van Sickle ("Commission launches discussion to renamed road," Page A1).

The article states the reason for the discussion was the disturbance of the Indigenous burial ground on Wisconsin Point. This is a huge leap to conclude that the name "Moccasin Mike" incites people to engage in despicable acts such as this. Apparently, she believes that renaming the road will prevent future disturbances from recurring.

The article also states that Van Sickle introduced the measure with the goal "to end the kind of mockery that leads to an absence of respect and knowledge for the people who originally settled Wisconsin Point." Evidently, having a different name will also have the dual effect of resolving this perceived issue as well.

I believe Councilor Van Sickle could have avoided experiencing what she described as "raw racism" by presenting the proposal in a more positive manner, to wit: "to more properly honor the people of the first nation that occupied Wisconsin Point." There is no need to include what may be perceived as controversial rationale! Why invite resentment by making assertions that stir the ire of others who may not agree when there is a non-offensive option?

Due diligence requires that the commission not limits its scope to the Moccasin Mike issue. There are several streets in Superior named after former United States presidents that other communities have recently deemed offensive and therefore should be renamed, and don't forget to include from consideration all remaining streets named after individuals — who knows what sordid pasts these people might have led as may be revealed following thorough research.

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Speed is of the essence to act if we want to prevent disturbances to property bordering these streets due to them being deemed as having an offensive name.

Thank goodness we now have a methodology that can resolve societal issues and erase history by simply changing the name of a road.

Bill Anderson,

Superior