Explanation holds no water

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Editor: I am writing to add my voice to those concerned with Mr. Murray’s contentions on the origins of the name for Plug Street. It is on the face of it a logical fallacy, a falsehood by default.

History is not written by making up fancy suppositions and explanations built on convictions alone. Despite Mr. Murray¹s contention there is no better explanation, his own explanation holds no water.

He has not named the returning soldier, he has provided nothing in the way of hard evidence. In respect to the soldiers of WWI, he should retreat from his trumped up position, and acknowledge he does nothing to honour these men in promoting his story, which seems to serve nothing but his ego.

Murray, who has been working on the project for several years, said concerns that the road wasn’t named after Ploegsteert were valid, but nothing has come up to show anyone other than a First World War veteran named it. He thinks it has a lot to do with the fact that soldiers wouldn’t have wanted to talk about their experiences during the war with anyone other than soldiers.

If these returning soldiers were so broken down by their experiences, why would they insist on naming a local feature in remembrance?

In closing, my mother Anne Isobel Auld Goddard, who grew up in the Kier home on Plug street and whose father and uncle both served in the First Great War, her uncle dying in the last week of the war in Amiens, France, told me the street was named for the wooden plugs used to pin lobster claws.

That is as close to a first hand account as you will get, and based on the corroborating first hand opinions of others is far, far closer to being a fact than Mr. Murray’s yarn.

Peter Goddard,

Burlington, Ont.



Geographic location: Plug Street, Amiens, Burlington

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