Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Ronald Reagan Boulevard?

Representative Henry Bonilla (R-TX) wants to rename 16th Street in D.C. "Ronald Reagan Boulevard." But the GOP isn't exactly lining up behind Bonilla:

But Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., the chairman of the House committee that oversees District affairs, promised Thursday to kill the measure.
"I think the proposal is ridiculous," Davis told WTOP radio. "We'll put it in the appropriate file."
Davis was unequivocal in his opposition to the Bonilla proposal, saying he would also object to the measure being attached to another bill.
"We've named the Ronald Reagan airport, we have the Ronald Reagan building downtown, but I think if Mr. Bonilla wants to name anything else, he ought to look to his own district in San Antonio," Davis said.
Washington Mayor Anthony A. Williams agreed with Davis.
In a statement Thursday, Williams said Bonilla should instead find "suitable sites" in Texas if he feels that more streets should be named after the late president.

Other cities can name streets after presidents. Wilmington has Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison and Lincoln Streets and Grant Avenue. But as far as I can tell, D.C. has maintained its traditional street names. Even the Washington Times has published a piece against the proposal:
Bet you didn't know that Texas' 23rd Congressional District measures 52,620.74 square miles -- or 20 percent of the Lone Star State's total square miles.
Or that this sprawling district, the largest in Texas, comprises 25 counties and is bigger than 24 U.S. states, including Virginia.
Within that vast and varied acreage, I bet you can't figure out why U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla is unable to find enough space to rename every road "Ronald Reagan Boulevard" if he so chooses to "memorialize" his presidential hero.
Instead, Mr. Bonilla, a Republican who represents the 23rd District, has chosen to ride roughshod over D.C. leaders and residents to rename their main local thoroughfare -- 16th Street NW -- the Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
Now D.C.'s local government has about enough authority to tie their shoes and answer the phone as far as congress is concerned. So help preserve tradition in our nation's capitol by voting against the proposal at this online poll.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

62% say "Bad Idea" as of 8:34

8:34 AM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Well done!

9:11 AM, August 10, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Democratic Leaders: Get to the Point" is the best post on Clark I've read so far. And I'm not a huge Clark fan........yet.

9:28 AM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Thanks for the compliment re the Wes Clark post. I worked for Clark in Delaware last time around.

It's too early to line up behind someone, particularly since no one has declared. (Biden has signalled his intent to test the waters.) However, I think it's important to talk about and support those who are doing well in terms of serving the Party as well as the national interest. We have plenty of time to decide who we like in '08.

2:31 PM, August 10, 2005  

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