Column: Name change is more than just symbolism
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"I'm afraid that I made a mistake when I suggested that we change Squaw Peak to Piestewa Peak in honor of Lori Piestewa, the 23-year-old Hopi soldier who died in Iraq. It would be a lovely symbolic gesture for sure, but after all these years in the newspaper business I should know that symbolism doesn't pay the bills. Symbolism doesn't put food on the table. Symbolism doesn't pay for college tuition. And Lori Piestewa, a soldier and proud Native American woman, had two beautiful kids."

Get the Story:
E.J. Montini: Symbolism is peak in Phoenix and a statue in Baghdad (The Arizona Republic 4/10)
Republic Message Board: Should we call it Piestewa Peak? (The Arizona Republic)

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