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Our view: Columbus shouldn't have holiday


Christopher Columbus was a horrible guy by most standards.

Yet, he has a major U.S. holiday named after him.

Monday marked Columbus Day, a day that resulted in the closure of banks and offices, including the Sweetwater County Courthouse and the library system. The day celebrates the myth of the man as opposed to the reality of the of the events surrounding his discovery.

For example, he didn’t prove the Earth was round. The ideas supporting a flat Earth view of the world were proven wrong by the Greeks more than 2,000 years before Columbus’ journey. Educated people in the 1490s would h...

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