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by Howard Meyerson
"The value of a name can be so important, especially if you are a three-time world heavyweight champion boxer and symbol of success [Muhammad Ali]. The same goes for Martin Luther King Jr. or Rosa Parks, two other extraordinary individuals whose lives are emblematic of doing what is right and symbolize the struggle to overcome adversity.
In Grand Rapids, we honor the latter two by naming parks after each. As a society, we make a practice of honoring great people. Most often it's after death, an honor bestowed in memory.
But we have entered an era where money increasingly buys that recognition, where empty government coffers force us to rely on private money to pay for public resources... "
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