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Councilman Keith Curry seems a bit bewildered by the controversy generated by his efforts to get a privately funded bronze statue of President Ronald Reagan placed in Newport Beach's new Civic Center.
Over breakfast Monday at Coco's in Fashion Island, he told me he doesn't think Newport Beach should remain a history-free zone, with only a few historical plaques and memorials throughout the city and no tributes to national figures.
He finds it "curious" that on the 100th anniversary of Reagan's birth, Central Square in Kraków, Poland, has been renamed Ronald Reagan Square, and a 10-foot-high bronze statue of Reagan will soon be unveiled outside the U.S. Embassy in London, but in Newport Beach — where the president received 77% of the vote during his re-election bid in 1984 — opposition has formed against the statue.
"We as citizens need to recognize and embrace our history," Curry said, adding that the legacy left by a president such as Reagan transcended partisanship.