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Call it a ‘ditch,’ but not a ‘folly’

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I was just a rookie reporter covering the Capitol at the time, but I remember well Gov. DeWitt Clinton being pressured to drag his feet on building the canal. Don’t hold me to the accuracy of any of this, but opponents of the canal kept saying “do another study, Dewie” or “drag your feet, Dewie, drag your feet.” He disliked his given name — thought it was too effete — so they called him “Dewie” ...

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