Mt. McKinley is No More

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Mitch Potter, Staff Writer

Mt. McKinley is No More

President Barack Obama renamed former Mt. McKinley to Mt. Denali. For nearly 100 years Mt. McKinley, the tallest peak in America, was named after our 25th president William McKinley.

Within the last few weeks President Obama was in Alaska trying to promote positive feelings towards his “All of the Above” energy consumption strategy. This is a plan to make the United States more environmentally friendly in every way possible. According to The White House President Obama interacted with many Natives in Alaska and they were very moved by his experience.

Out of respect and sympathy towards the Natives, he renamed Mt. McKinley to Mt. Denali. Mt. Denali was the original name of the mountain.

All of this has sparked some negative responses mainly from Republicans. According to Representative Bob Gibbs of Ohio, the name change is “insulting.” He said to CBS News “Congress passed the law in 1917 establishing the name Mt. McKinley, and another act of congress is required to make any future name changes.”

Gibbs also went on to talk of President McKinley as a “respected American hero” and that he believes he needs to be honored by Mt. McKinley.