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Court Holidays for the Balance of 2018 in Allegheny County.

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | October 7, 2018

No. 1,568

Here’s a list of Holidays in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, beginning with Columbus Day, celebrated tomorrow.

Yes, it is still Columbus Day in good old antediluvian Pennsylvania.  Unlike the Wise Solons who run Columbus Ohio, we haven’t renamed it to Indigenous Peoples Day yet.  And the Federal Government hasn’t gotten around to changing the name of the holiday either.

Columbus was a man of his time.  Those who condemn him for not living up to the standards of the 21st Century “don’t know much about history book.”  The same group is busy removing the name of founders like Padre Junipero Serra from streets and buildings at Stanford University or  distinguished alumni like  John C. Calhoun from the place where he studied at Yale. (They were both slave owners in an age when the practice was legal.)

Frankly, I think it is very likely that it us, the sanctimonious icon-smashers who will look foolish in the long perspective of history.

Do you really believe that if you do not destroy monuments that you thereby implicitly agree with and honor the late medieval political views of a great discoverer or want to repeal the Thirteenth Amendment?

Christopher Columbus was a great historical figure. He opened the New World to European civilization which, like it or not, was a singular historical event. We, who are privileged to inherit the Golden Age that was begun in 1492, are sophisticated enough to recognize the difference between great accomplishments and outmoded ideas. Or at least some of us are.

Keep it Columbus Day.




CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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