With all the new talk of what should go in place of the McKinley statue, may I suggest a modern day living hero ("McKinley Statue is Coming Down, But Not Quite Yet," posted online Feb. 22)? Jene McCovey is a Yurok elder and spiritual leader. If you've been to any social action rallies, you've probably seen her. A horrible car accident paralyzed most of her body at a very young age. This hasn't stopped her from doing incredible and powerful work. She is an inspiration and a true champion.
I have also heard of a collaborative art project that reflects who we are as a local community. This is also an excellent idea. I just ask that Jene be part of that, too.
Ruby Reed, Arcata