I would like to applaud the NYPD for protecting and guarding the statues of Christopher Columbus from vandals.
As Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 in Douglaston, we support the fact that Christopher Columbus, with his faults like the rest of the human race, opened up a new world with unlimited possibilities, which includes freedom for all.
That also includes freedom of religion for many. That is one of the many reasons the organization took on his name in 1882 when it was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney.
I don't believe removing statues of Christopher Columbus serves any purpose. His exploration of the new world set the tone for greater things to come.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village