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Wednesday, June 18, 2003

NY Times: Westport AbuzzӔ Over

NY Times: Westport AbuzzӔ Over Naming Bridge Issue
Todays New York Times finally gets around to WestportҒs controversy over naming the Post Road Bridge after Ruth Steinkraus Cohen.

In a front-page metro section story headlined Name Bridge for U.N. Backer? Town is Abuzz,Ӕ the Times reports:

Right up to her death last year at the age of 81, Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen went all out for her favorite causes. She was still publishing a yearly “Peace” calendar chock-full of tidbits on countries large and small.

ӓShe greeted hundreds of international visitors at the train station with their native flags and a smile. And she gave to nearly every artistic endeavor in town.

So you would think that when a local state representative proposed naming a town bridge after her, there would have been applause back home.

ӔInstead, in an unlikely marker of these contentious times, the proposal has set off a heated dispute because one of her pet causes was the United Nations, as the bill to name the bridge clearly notes.



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