Chalk one up to history


Every year on Labor Day weekend, our city sponsors a local art event called Chalk It Up. This event supports local children’s art programs by selling squares of a sidewalk to artists to decorate with chalk. The sidewalk surrounds a local park, the size of one city block.

This particular sidewalk square reminds us that September 11th marks a sad day in history; a day when one country’s hostility and anger was unleashed upon another country’s soil. Of course, I’m referring to September 11, 1973 and the event was the U.S.- sponsored overthrow of Salvador Allende, the elected president of Chile. Apparently Allende was guilty of un-American atrocities such as following due process of law, supporting human rights, and the removal of capitalistic greed.

But hey, don’t take my word for it, check out the History Channel’s version of the events. The CIA has declassified most of the documents surrounding Allende’s death, and they aren’t bashful about admitting their part in it.

If those events are too embarrassing to the US, then here is another, lesser-known historical fact about September 11: on that date in 1970, Ford introduced the Pinto. And who says the US has not been terrorized on its own soil?

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