Building Bridges, Naming Names
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Naming public buildings, roads, bridges and the like is probably more complicated and controversial than it ought to be. No matter what, politics and power play a role. And such is certainly the case with the two new cross-Ohio River bridges now under construction here in Louisville. Already, a bill has been filed in Frankfort, the state capital, to name the downtown bridge for former President Ronald Reagan.
Its sponsor, Republican Sen. Dan Seum of Louisville, has pointed out that the last bridge named in our city was for President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat. Isn't it fair, he suggests, to name the other downtown span for a notable recent Republican?
Perhaps, although a lot of people seem to disagree. The Courier-Journal conducted an unscientific poll (I voted twice, on two different computers) and found the community divided roughly half and half over the idea. My own informal survey, conducted among people I met wherever I went in the last week, found the idea less popular, but
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