Regarding the letter “Don’t Honor Frick” (Jan. 31): The fundamental reason that Frick Park is rightly named for Henry Clay Frick, and not Dr. Jonas Salk, is that Frick donated it to the city. Letter writer Nick Coxon’s devaluation of Frick’s achievements — instrumental in the rise of the Carnegie Steel Company and the creation of U.S. Steel — is unwarranted and entirely derived from the false Marxist idea that capitalists merely siphon off the “surplus value” of labor to enrich themselves.
Such faulty reasoning ignores the fact that, were it not for capitalists like Frick and Andrew Carnegie, there would have been no plant and hence no need for laborers, let alone reason for the initiation of the violent and armed occupation of the plant which turned deadly.
As an infectious disease physician, I honor the achievements of Dr. Salk but realize that Henry Frick is unequivocally worthy of emulation and honor as well.
AMESH ADALJA, M.D.