In response to the story, “Boone council to continue discussion on renaming local street after MLK” (, doing this change will invite and incite more hate.

Twenty-four years in the military, I served with men and women of color and we had a common goal was to work together to get the mission accomplished and come home.

Changing the name of a street won’t change hearts; respect isn’t given, “it’s earned.” We need to learn, as my parents taught me, to respect one another. Until we do, this road with a man’s name changes absolutely nothing, but causes confusion.

Johnnie Longo


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