Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Goodbye, Lake Calhoun. Hello, Lake James Brown.

There's a move afoot in Minneapolis to rename Lake Calhoun, which was named for John C. Calhoun, the former South Carolina senator, vice president, and defender of slavery in the 19th century.  John Winters, a retired software writer who is leading the charge, wants the lake renamed for Hubert Humphrey, the former Minnesota senator and vice-president, who was an advocate of civil rights.

Fair enough. But why pick Humphrey?  He already has a sports stadium, an airport terminal and a school of public affairs.  And why pick on South Carolina, which has already taken such a (self-inflicted) beating in the press?  Much better simply to name the lake after another great South Carolinian.  We recommend James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, the hardest working man in show business, and a native of Barnwell, South Carolina.  Make it funky.

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