The Dispatch editorial writer was off and running ("AmeriFlora was our 'Seeds of Change,' Friday editorial). "Black leaders viewed the replica Santa Maria on the Scioto as a slave ship, and Native Americans were in no mood to celebrate the arrival of the conquistador ... in an event honoring the 500th anniversary of a man who got lost and didn't know where he was or where he had been." 

Wow, who knew? It has always puzzled me why a 15th century Italian explorer who never got within 800 miles of the North American mainland has somehow become the root cause of every disease, plague or pestilence, and every atrocity committed by one human against another in this country ever since. I guess we might as well add AmeriFlora to the list. 

Ron Geiszler 

Columbus