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I read in Sunday's paper that the famous picture of three firemen raising a flag over ground zero is going to be commemorated by a sculpture. Unfortunately, the three firemen are all white so the sculpture is "correcting" this by making one fireman black and another Hispanic.

What next? Do we change the sculpture of the six Marines raising the flag over Iwo Jima? In its historical correctness it represents the actual five white and one American Indian soldiers. Obviously white males are overly represented in this monument.

Let's replace four of them with a woman, a black, a Hispanic and a Japanese American; after all, these groups all helped us win World War II.

And while we're "improving" monuments to reflect cultural diversity, let's fix the granddaddy of all monuments, Mount Rushmore. How embarrassing that we have to look at the mugs of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Let's use Booker T. Washington (he ate at the White House once), William Jefferson Clinton (the PC president), Eleanor Roosevelt (she lived in the White House) and Benito Juarez (president of Mexico at the same time as Abraham Lincoln).

Why be satisfied with history as it is when changing it can make us more inclusive?

Don L. Milne