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POV | Naming the Bridge (2/6/14)

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Last week, Kentucky State Senator Dan Seum filed a resolution to name the new downtown Ohio River Bridge after President Ronald Reagan.  I'd certainly have no problem with that. But there are a couple of reasons why it may not be the best idea.

First, Reagan had no outstanding ties to Kentucky or Indiana.  Of course, neither did President Kennedy, after whom the other I-65 bridge was named.  But that was just weeks after Kennedy's assassination, a time when everything in America was being named for him.

But I also believe the idea is doomed simply because Kentucky's Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is almost certain to block the effort.

However, there are other Republicans who are indelibly associated with Kentucky, and who even most Democrats would be happy to see get the honor. One is the late U.S. Senator John Sherman Cooper.

During his long Congressional career, Cooper was everything today's Congress flatly refuses to be.  He was thoughtful, placed principle over political labels and believed in working in a bipartisan manner to best serve his constituents.  He was a key foreign relations expert, an early supporter of civil rights legislation and a friend to families, small business and agriculture.

And then, of course, there's Abraham Lincoln.  I don't think I have to list his qualifications here.

Those are two resumes that include something for virtually everyone.  And I believe either would be a fine choice.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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