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PETITION ALERT: U.S. Board on Geographic Names: Keep Mt. Sopris Named "Mt. Sopris" Not "John Denver Peak" ! PLEASE SIGN !

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"The history of a state is best told in the biographies of its citizens." Some men live large lives. They are leaders and men of action. Such was the case with Capt. Richard Sopris. Sopris was born in 1813 in Pennsylvania. Before he turned 40 years old,


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Patrick Donovan (344)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 2:03 pm
I thought this was a joke until I checked it out. This is outrageous. I definitely signed this one and left a comment next to my signature on the petition.

linda b (186)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 4:01 pm
Signed and noted thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 6:43 pm
92, tu

Toni C (508)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 11:27 pm
Thanks for the article and petition, Simone. Noted and signed... I wish people could just leave things alone!!

Arild Warud (174)
Friday July 15, 2011, 2:52 am
Signed,thanks Simone.

John Kirkby (23)
Friday July 15, 2011, 7:00 am
We had a similar thing in Canada after the death of an ex-Prime Minister. After Pierre Elliot Trudeau died the current PM Jean Chretien proposed changing the name of a mountain to Mt Pierre Elliot didn't happen. It was noted that local people had known the mountain as whatever for as long as they could remember. Often however such sites as mountains, rivers and unique eye catching landmarks already had a name given by pre colonial conquest indigenous peoples. While those names may initially be thought to be long gone or never appreciated they often were...Toronto is one example of many. But names of all sorts of things (eg: the MacKenzie river) are a name put on something which already had a name which was unappreciated by the deluge of conquistadors. So while Mt. Sopris should not become Mt. John Denver..perhaps it should revert to an earlier name which 1st Nation Peoples may still hopefully know.

Robert O (12)
Friday July 15, 2011, 12:25 pm
Leaving it named the way it is sounds perfectly fine to me. If it aint broke don't fix it. Thanks Simone.

Lilo Prinz (23)
Friday July 15, 2011, 12:50 pm

sheila F (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 12:51 pm
I loved John Denvers music. but to change the name of a mountain is absurd. BTW I agree with John Kirkby as far as if you are going to change the name use one that is original.

Sandy G (35)
Friday July 15, 2011, 1:20 pm

James E (16)
Friday July 15, 2011, 1:45 pm
Leave the name of the mountain alone, unless there is one given by native Americans. Perhap you could name a bridge, or a road, or something similar for John Denver if you feel the need.

Myron Scott (70)
Friday July 15, 2011, 2:09 pm
OK, the Denver Park is nice, but between a gold-seeking
white invader of Indian lands and a writer of overly saccharine
but ecologically conscious songs, I have to go with the latter.
So, thanks but no thanks; not signed.

Alice B (241)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:41 pm
NOTED & SIGNED & POSTED/Shared on Facebook.

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:41 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:45 pm
signed and forwarded

Regina P (63)
Friday July 15, 2011, 4:05 pm
Noted & signed #230.

Janis B (7)
Friday July 15, 2011, 4:48 pm
Much as we like John Denver, seems a bit daft to us. Keep it original name. The people of Toronto called its baseball arena Skydome but some syncophatic companies keep on rename the bloody thing. They should be obliged to keep the original name as part of any redux. It is like calling Cleopatra's needle on the London Embankment, Lady Gaga's needle!

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 6:02 pm

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday July 15, 2011, 6:16 pm
'John Denver Peak' should be the tallest lightning rod on top of the Coors factory, not Mt Sopris. I also insist on using the original names for other things in my areas; 'Byrd Field Airport' not 'Richmond International', 'Trumbull Field' not 'Groton-New London Airport', 'Idlewild' trumps JFK in NYC, 'Cape Canaveral' hosts JFK Space Center in Florida, 'Parker Field Sports Arena' rather than 'The Diamond', 'The Mosque' rather than 'The Landmark' theatre. I detest the silly 'renaming' habit when it deteriorates the history of the area.

Ray M (0)
Friday July 15, 2011, 9:12 pm
What is wrong with people? Why someone insists upon renaming streets, historical monuments, mountains, bridges, etc. atter politicians, actors, singers, yada, yada, yada is beyond me. Good grief, people, leave it alone and go worship them on your own.

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday July 15, 2011, 9:20 pm
noted and signed

Tracey D (9)
Friday July 15, 2011, 10:18 pm

William Y (54)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 12:45 am
signed & noted

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 6:18 am
John Denver was also a leader in conserving Colorado's wilderness areas. I see nothing wrong with naming a mountain peak after him.

Anne P (174)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 8:20 am
I agree with Myron and Craig, and will not sign this petition. I had a lot of admiration for John Denver as an entertainer and environmental activist. He was also an excellent actor - check out his hilarious film "Oh God" with George Burns.

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday July 18, 2011, 2:13 am
noted and signed thanks

Alicia N (87)
Monday July 18, 2011, 12:17 pm
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