To the editor:

From afar, I have followed the Serpent Mound controversy.

Others are from afar, too – the Ohio History Connection shows up on google as being at 800 E. 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

The Seneca Nation writer says their organization is in Salamanca, New York.

Then there is the UNESCO element. I doubt they could find Ohio, let alone Serpent Mound.

Interesting that these distant people want to squelch a local tradition and take control.

Of course, the Seneca Nation writer pulls out the old rubric “sacred site,” as if that means anything to most people or gives them some inalienable right.

Personally, as far as I can go, is call it an interesting archaeological site. I have always thought of it as an idol. I first visited it in 1953 as a child.

I have mentioned here before that my great-great-grandfather used to raise corn on Serpent Mound before anybody cared. Family lore says it was barely a bump above the surface in those days.

If that is correct, what you are looking at today when you visit Serpent Mound was “enhanced” by modern humankind in the last 120 years or so – hardly “sacred” by any definition.

Luminaries? They are each a paper bag with a candle in them. Some blow over and catch the bag on fire, some go out. They are pretty, but not “sacred.” They are typically associated with a season of the year, though. That season is Christmas.

Hence, everybody who has weighed in on this is missing the point. This season of the year, we celebrate the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. A fine example we all are if all we can do is argue over who owns and whose viewpoint is the correct one concerning a pile of dirt in a corner of southern Ohio.

Let’s move on to Merry Christmas.

Sincerely,
Jim Thompson
Georgia