Re "Honor Whiskeytown as we remember JFK" (Viewpoints, Sept. 26): Joe Mathews took some liberty with the facts in his remembrance of John F. Kennedy's last speech in California.
In concluding, Mathews wrote that Kennedy had called Whiskeytown's exclusion from Stephen Vincent Benet's poem, "American Names," a "serious oversight."
Actually, he didn't.
What JFK did was quote the opening stanza of the poem, which names such American places as Tucson and Deadwood and Lost Mule Flat.
Then, Kennedy at the Whiskeytown Dam dedication on Sept. 28, 1963, said that Benet goes on to talk about some famous American names: "Not Whiskeytown, but I think he could add it to the roster, because the name of this community tells a good deal about the early beginnings of this state and country."
I don't see how that quote can be read as Kennedy calling out Benet.
-- Dave Waddell, Chico