A better way for JFK

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   Count me as someone who wants the statue of John F. Kennedy built elsewhere - specifically where it overlooks the ocean.

   The statue to be sculpted by Osterville artist David Lewis is due to be unveiled next May in front of the Kennedy Museum in Hyannis, on what would have been the late president's 89th birthday.

I'm sure that an artist as talented as Lewis will do a fine job with the statue, but the Main Street location is  less than inspiring.

A better site would be the Kennedy Memorial on Ocean Street overlooking Lewis Bay.

Yes, placing the statue there would divert visitors from downtown, but it could do something more important. It might give them goosebumps.

Picture this - the statue of Kennedy sculpted to resemble the photo of JFK taken by Mark Shaw at the Kennedy compound and shown above.

Kennedy can be seen walking through dunes toward the beach and Nantucket Sound beyond. It is unmistakably him in profile, while he was president, at the height of his grace and power. He is walking away from us, in the place he loved best, toward the ocean, the horizon, and eternity.

That it is said to be Kennedy's favorite photo of him only reinforces my regard for it.

The statue could be placed on the lawn that slopes gently downward from the memorial and toward the bay.

Walkways set off on both sides would allow visitors to walk in front of the statue, but not directly in front of it.

To do this would detract from the view for those looking at the statue from the memorial itself.

Better from that vantage point to see just Kennedy and the waters he loved to sail.

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