Recent calls across the country for confederate statues to be taken down have affected Grand Junction, where an airport and a ballpark were built in the name of the late Walter Walker, well-known Grand Valley civic leader.
The Grand Junction Sentinel recently took a web poll of its readers, and found that with more than 1,000 votes cast, readers narrowly favored the removal of Walker’s name from Colorado Mesa University’s on-campus soccer/lacrosse stadium.
The two largest voting groups — those who strongly agree and strongly disagree with the decision — accounted for 434 votes (42.1%) and 419 votes (40.6%), respectively.
Walker, whose name is affixed to the Grand Junction Airport, is a former publisher of The Daily Sentinel. Walker helped bring the Ku Klux Klan to Grand Junction and was a member. But he later turned against the Klan and published editorials in the Sentinel attacking the KKK, which led members of the local Klan to physically attack him.
A small group (4.6%) said they were indifferent.
Daily Sentinel polls are self-selecting and therefore not true scientific polls, the newspaper said in a disclosure.