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What’s In A Name?

By on February 12, 2014 in See It Here, The Way I See It, Writing

This is something I’m never going to have to worry about but if a politician is ever offered to have a bridge or airport named after them, he or she should say “no thanks.”

Do you think Ronald Reagan enjoys having the former National Airport in Washington DC named after him? Flight delays, TSA inspections after standing in line and then standing in line to get a cab? The Gipper wouldn’t be happy about this.

Do you think Woodrow Wilson likes the idea he has a bridge named after him? This is the center of the worst traffic in the United States according to the Urban Mobility Report from Texas A&M. People spend 67 hours/year trying to cross the Wilson Bridge.

How many adjectives are used each day by gridlocked/frustrated folks in these two places?

My take? Name bridges and roads after Osama Bin Laden or Jeffrey Dahmer. It’s more appropriate.

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