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That’s a terrible thing to do to a perfectly nice building

Renee Ellmers is getting busy in Congress, but don’t worry, she’s not actually suggesting solutions to any of our many problems. Grateful as I am for that, truly, I don’t feel this proposal is worthwhile. Naming the old post office on Fayetteville Street after Jesse Helms is an insult to fine architecture.

The irony in this part is beautiful: “The National Park Service says the building was the first federal government project in the South after the Civil War. The Federal Building, as it’s called in the National Registry of Historic Places, was completed in 1878.” Isn’t it great that he only seemed like a Civil War relic? If he’d actually been in the Senate at the time, there’d be no building to name for him at all.

You can read some of his choicest rantings here, but I think his, needless to say, negative take on a holiday for Martin Luther King, Jr., is appropriate:

“What bothers me most about this whole scenario is that this proposal is to set up [Sen. Helms] as a role model for young Americans.

OK, I may have tweaked it. Now it works.

4 Comments


  1. david esmay

    November 29, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    The only thing that should be named after Jesse Helms is an out house, but that would be an insult to out houses.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    November 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I feel the same way when I visit the North Carolina School of Math and Science and see the James B Hunt Residence’s Hall. I feel your pain and your disgust.

  3. david esmay

    November 30, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    The difference, Frances, is that Helms was despised by the entire country, Hunt’s detractors are from his own state.

  4. Frances Jenkins

    December 2, 2012 at 8:19 am

    David,
    You need to drink some black cherry juice. I think it provides help for clear thinking.

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