By any other name, said the bard … should be changed?

Boone Town Council action to recently review the possibility of changing one of five local streets — or a possible exception for the limited renaming of a state-maintained road — after Martin Luther King Jr. has met with some expected and extensive community discourse.

Running the gamut from quick and costly prohibitions by local businesses to considering a suitable and prominent thoroughfare for the famed civil rights pioneer, others have broached the name itself. Asks, at least one Watauga Democrat Facebook comment, why not honor a North Carolina son — such as Billy Graham?

At this point, the conversation by town council will be considered in an August meeting. Between now and then we turn to Boone and ask for your thoughts: What’s in a name?

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