Part of our shared history

LETTER

Re: Mini-barks a colonial vanity, February 4 letter.

Dear Thelma, you can see very little social, cultural or economical value to be gained from two mini barques on poles.

Social and cultural — we are ostensibly a bicultural, even a multicultural society. As a person of European cultural background, I have great respect for James Cook as a great explorer and navigator. After a fair amount of reading and study, I certainly see the side of the argument which views things differently, and respect that.

Colonialism and nationalism was rampant at that time. Awful mistakes were made, but you cannot rewind history.

The question of economic benefit to a city with our historical timeline is surely obvious. I am a strong supporter of the need for history to be correctly represented, but I find your remark that the models are a pompous, colonial vanity ill-judged, from my perspective.

I try hard to understand your culture, to the best of my ability and experience. I would ask that you extend me the same courtesy.

Ron Taylor

Lucky we all don’t have a one-eyed view of the world like you do Thelma. Your letter oozes with contempt and lack of understanding for any culture apart from your own. I think you may be a bit racist.

We all have histories and our own cultures. I am tired of people like you running down my forebears — you need to broaden your view of the world as it is today. We can’t change the past, but we can affect the future.

Bring back the Endeavour models, they are part of the cityscape and our shared history.

P. Whitehead

I’m sorry Thelma, I found what you said to be absolutely offensive — that the Endeavour replicas are a pompous, colonial vanity and we don’t need them.

No matter how hard anyone tries, you can’t change history.

Those two ships have been part of Gladstone Road for many years. They were also gifted to us, and you don’t forget that.

I and a lot of others are waiting in anticipation for when they will go back up. So come on council, when will we see the ships again?

I could say more on this issue but will refrain.

K.A. Morrow

Re: Mini-barks a colonial vanity, February 4 letter.

Dear Thelma, you can see very little social, cultural or economical value to be gained from two mini barques on poles.

Social and cultural — we are ostensibly a bicultural, even a multicultural society. As a person of European cultural background, I have great respect for James Cook as a great explorer and navigator. After a fair amount of reading and study, I certainly see the side of the argument which views things differently, and respect that.

Colonialism and nationalism was rampant at that time. Awful mistakes were made, but you cannot rewind history.

The question of economic benefit to a city with our historical timeline is surely obvious. I am a strong supporter of the need for history to be correctly represented, but I find your remark that the models are a pompous, colonial vanity ill-judged, from my perspective.

I try hard to understand your culture, to the best of my ability and experience. I would ask that you extend me the same courtesy.

Ron Taylor

Lucky we all don’t have a one-eyed view of the world like you do Thelma. Your letter oozes with contempt and lack of understanding for any culture apart from your own. I think you may be a bit racist.

We all have histories and our own cultures. I am tired of people like you running down my forebears — you need to broaden your view of the world as it is today. We can’t change the past, but we can affect the future.

Bring back the Endeavour models, they are part of the cityscape and our shared history.

P. Whitehead

I’m sorry Thelma, I found what you said to be absolutely offensive — that the Endeavour replicas are a pompous, colonial vanity and we don’t need them.

No matter how hard anyone tries, you can’t change history.

Those two ships have been part of Gladstone Road for many years. They were also gifted to us, and you don’t forget that.

I and a lot of others are waiting in anticipation for when they will go back up. So come on council, when will we see the ships again?

I could say more on this issue but will refrain.

K.A. Morrow

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