LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Forget bridge name change

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To the editor:

In a time when recognition of indigenous people and their contributions to history is gaining public support, it makes no sense to change the name of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

It also makes no sense to erase linguistic imprint in an area infused with Dutch presence.

One would almost think that the changed bridge name was a result of some midnight arm-twisting in a self-promoting ego-boosting, thinly disguised desire to advance familiar name recognition.

Government was to represent the wishes of the people. How about it?

Catherine O’Brien

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SJCBronx

I agree, at the least, this should be put on a ballot. The name was changed from the New Tappan Zee Bridge to the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, at the request of the Governor during the last session. Tappan is a Native American tribe, and Zee is Dutch for "sea." The older bridge had a NY governor on its name, too, but this was eventually shortened, at least in the vernacular, and maybe because it was the honorable thing to do.

Monday, December 11, 2017