Honoring history

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Regarding the letter “Don’t Honor Frick” (Jan. 31) and all other Frick and Carnegie opposition letters: I find it astonishing how some people have a bone to pick with two men from our area who helped make America what it is today.

I, as well as those who have ever dedicated anything in honor of Henry Clay Frick and/​or Andrew Carnegie, realize that their actions were in most ways corrupt in relation to how we protect industrial workers today. Those who oppose the naming rights for these two individuals need to realize that this was common practice during the 19th century. Although the workers who helped produce the Frick and Carnegie empires were in many ways mistreated by today’s standards, we would also be removing the sacrifices and contributions of those who worked in those factories as well as their place in history of building this great nation.

I am proud of the accomplishments and advancements that locals Henry Frick and Andrew Carnegie produced for this country.

I find no problem in the fact that these local industrial pioneers have their legacy and name all over the same area where these two men grew up and helped to advance far beyond what anyone had imagined.

We should not remove their names from any of the libraries, institutions, research centers, museums or any establishments that their fortunes created for the greater good of society.

ANDREW O’NEILL
Stanton Heights


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