For Nathan Hale, Perhaps Another Regret

 First published in the New York Times, 14 March 2012

Nathan Hale, as seen from City Hall Park.

Nathan Hale, as seen from City Hall Park. Photo credit: Joshua Bright for The New York Times

Back in 1776, Nathan Hale’s only regret was that he had but one life to lose for his country.

But if he could see what has become of the statue of him that sits in City Hall Park, he might find it all, at the very least, a bit unfortunate.

Since 2007, if not earlier, the 13-foot standing figure of a bound and shackled Hale – freedom fighter, patriot, icon of liberty – has been itself chained off from the people.

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