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Archive for Sunday, February 22, 1998

S UGLY, ANOTHER REGARDS IT AS A WORTHWHILE PEACEKEEPER AND A THIRD SEES IT AS A GIANT SUNDIAL.

February 22, 1998

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The dormant Polaris missile in Centennial Park means many things to different people, but the countdown toward its removal has started. Several Lawrence city commissioners want to see the U.S. Navy missile removed.

Commissioners will accept public comment regarding the missile's presence, which found itself on shaky ground in recent weeks when commissioners discussed the character of the park.

Mayor Bonnie Augustine recently urged staffers to ``get rid of that ugly thing.''

Commissioner Erv Hodges, whose father, Buck, installed the missile in the park more than 30 years ago, waved the white flag of surrender: ``It's served its purpose. It was never fired in anger. The Cold War is over. It's time for it to go.''

Commissioner Marty Kennedy examined an aerial photo of the park and offered a creative solution: ``It would make a beautiful sundial.''

The missile's plaque offers a different purpose: ``Use by Fleet Ballistics Nuclear Submarine/our first line of deterrents.''

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