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JFK at 50: a ceremony not sad enough

Dealey Plaza 50 years later: under control.

The tightly controlled commemoration of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death in Dealey Plaza proved more a salve for the wounded civic spirit of Dallas than celebration of the life and legacy of President Kennedy.

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How Dallas will screen Dealey Plaza visitors for JFK tribute

I missed this article from last month ago in which Mayor Mike Rawlings says people won’t be excluded because of their views. That’s good news.

Petition to open Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 2013

John Judge continues to circulate his petition at change.org calling on Dallas Mayor Mike Rawling to allow Coalition on Politics Assassinations to hold its annual Moment of Silence in Dealey Plaza on the 50th Anniversary of the JFK’s assassination next November. Read more

Petition calls for free speech in Dealey Plaza on JFK anniversary

As Dallas authorities continue their ill-advised plan to ban all discussion of the causes of JFK’s death in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013, the local admirers of JFK who have held a Nov. 22 vigil for the slain president every year for decades are launching a petition drive to keep Dealey Plaza open to people of all points of view.

From John Judge of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) via Change.org.
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AllGov: Dallas mayor to meet COPA on JFK at 50

"JFK Shot Dead" hedlineAllGov, the government watchdog site, reports that Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says he will meet with John Judge of the Committee on Political Assassination (COPA) about the Dallas’ controversial planned commemoration of JFK’s assassination.

The dilemma in Dallas is, Can the city commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death without mentioning the enduring questions about the causes of his death. I doubt it.  Read more

Dilemma in Dallas: Free speech tensions occupy Dealey Plaza

JFK Postcard

The original story of gunfire that was abandoned.

The commemoration of a catastrophe is a tricky business, we learn from today’s Wall Street Journal.

With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination approaching in November 2013, Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings has boldly come out in favor of observing the event without talking about its causes.

“For 40 minutes, we need to be focusing on the man, not the moment 50 years ago,” he said.

Welcome to JFK at 50. The moment has come not to talk about the moment. This is a dilemma in Dallas.

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