Evening Ethics Update, 11/7/2019: Dr. King Is Un-honored, Virginian Republicans Are Non-Functional, Fox News Is Pro-Darkness, And Joy Behar Is Still An Idiot [CORRECTED]

Good evening…

1 . The progressive deterioration of the ridiculous Joy Behar. It’s clear the stress of engaging in issue debates for which she lacks the temperament, the education or the necessary data is stressing out Joy. On today’s edition of The View, some studio audience members who hadn’t received the memo that they were expected to only endorse the “views” of  the correct side of the political spectrum applauded guests Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle as they supported the President. Behar snapped at them, “This is not a MAGA rally!”  In such places there may be technically free speech, just not free non-conforming speech without abuse.

2. This makes no sense at all, nor is it ethical. Eric Ciaramella is the so-called whistle-blower who gave Rep. Adam Schiff the wisp of an excuse he needed to manufacture Plan S for removing the President, the supposed “quid pro quo” deal to make the Ukraine look for “dirt” on Joe Biden and his son. Lots of sources have published this—heck, I have—and no one has credibly denied it. In schoolyard terms, the cat is out of the bag. Nor is it in any way illegal for a news organization to publish what is increasingly public information. Okay, say he’s the “alleged” whistleblower.

Nonetheless, a Fox News executive sent out an email ordering Fox personnel, including hosts like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, not to mention the name on the air because the network “had not confirmed it.”

Fox News, as you know, is always so careful about the accuracy of what its talking heads say.

Fox News media ethics watchdog Howard Kurtz defended not releasing the name of the whistleblower, saying it would send a “chilling message” to whistleblowers in the future. What “chilling message?” That if you decide to fulfill your partisan goals and help your pals by trying to bring down a President with rumors and hearsay, you should have the guts to do it publicly and accept the consequences? It’s not the news media’s job to make things easy for whistleblowers, and it is especially not their job to pretend that information already being publicized is a mystery.

The background and professional connections of this “whistleblower”—he’s really a leaker—are relevant to his credibility and the legitimacy of the current impeachment push. The public has a right to know, and democracy dies in darkness.

3. The incompetent Virginia Republican Party. The political system only serves democracy when the political parties take pains to make sure voters have a choice among competent candidates. While the news media celebrates the fact that Democrats took over the Virginia legislature, they should also be pointing out that the result was less a rejection of Republicans, or President Trump, than it was the abdication of duty by the Republican Party in the Old Dominion.

According to a review of the state election results from Tuesday, Democrats faced no Republican challenger in 10 out of 40 Senate races, and  Republicans had no candidate on the ballot in 23 out of 100 House of Delegates races, or 23 % That’s disgraceful, especially when the GOP was running against a party with a twice-accused sexual assault purveyor backing up a Governor who, like his lieutenant, engaged in conduct (and absurd excuses for it) that the party never would have tolerated from a Republican. And what was the caliber of candidates Virginia voters elected in the face of such lame opposition? Well, one was this guy, whom we discussed yesterday and another was Juli Briskman, whose qualification was that she flipped the bird at the President’s motorcade.

4.  Is it racist to un-name a street honoring Martin Luther King? Boy, this took guts, or something. On election day this week, Kansas City voters  overwhelmingly approved removing Dr. Martin Luther King’s name from one of the city’s historic boulevards only  a year after the city council  renamed “The Paseo” for King.

Re-naming the 10-mile boulevard on the city’s mostly black east side began immediately after  the  council’s decided to name The Paseo after King. Kansas City had been one of few major U.S. cities  without a street named for the civil rights leader. A group of residents  began collecting signatures  to put the name change on the ballot this year, and got 2,857, far more than the 1,700 needed.

King’s supporters, who had celebrated the renaming of the street for the Reverend, accused fans of previous “The Paseo” name of being racists. They claim that the city counsel gave short shrift to The Paseo’s historic significance. What the heck IS The Paseo’s historic significance? The north end of the boulevard is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; it was apparently the first major boulevard in the city. And here’s the Wikipedia entry for it, which includes this:

In the 1920s, with the re-emergence of the African-American population in the surrounding areas, the Paseo stood out as “ribbon of white in an otherwise black village”, with more than half the white population living in the area having a Paseo address.

Hmmm.

The Rev. Vernon Howard, president of the Kansas City chapter of the SCLU, told The Associated Press that the King street sign is a powerful symbol for everyone, but particularly for black children. “I think that only if you are a black child growing up in the inner city lacking the kind of resources, lacking the kinds of images and models for mentoring, modeling, vocation and career, can you actually understand what that name on that sign can mean to a child in this community,” he said, adding that if the honor for King is removed, “the reverse will be true. What people will wonder in their minds and hearts is why and how something so good, uplifting and edifying, how can something like that be taken away?” he said.

Diane Euston, a leader of the Save the Paseo group, counters that The Paseo “doesn’t just mean something to one community in Kansas City. It means something to everyone in Kansas City. It holds kind of a special place in so many people’s hearts and memories. It’s not just historical on paper, it’s historical in people’s memory. It’s very important to Kansas City.”

Riiiiight.

Who do you think has the better case?

30 thoughts on “Evening Ethics Update, 11/7/2019: Dr. King Is Un-honored, Virginian Republicans Are Non-Functional, Fox News Is Pro-Darkness, And Joy Behar Is Still An Idiot [CORRECTED]

  1. 4. I like in King County, WA. Home of the brainwashed socialist Seattleites.

    The county was named after a US Vice President, but recently “rededicated” to Martin Luther King. I’ll happily take the old name back because this was a stupid and expensive virtue signal that included trashing old signs for new ones that have the King effigy on it.

  2. I just got back to the post, and fixed several annoying little typos. I’m sorry–I was pulled away just as the thing was finished, and the choice was to get it up in less than ideal shape, or wait several hours. One of these day, I’m going to figure out how to ditch my job and my family, and then you’ll REALLY see something.

  3. I don’t really see how a street name will uplift anybody. Sure MLK got a holiday which he richly deserved but making a big deal about changing a street name is somehow offensive to an “oppressed” group? Come on!

  4. As a Kansas City resident, my main concern was that the city council changed the name from The Paseo to MLK Boulevard without consulting the voters. It’s my understanding that there was only a 16% turnout Tuesday, so don’t complain if you didn’t vote. The Paseo is a historic boulevard in a city known for its boulevards, so I understand that argument.

    Personal opinion? Either A) rename an east/west street, crossing the imaginary line dividing the predominantly black neighborhoods from those that are predominantly white, or B) rename the boulevard leading into the hoity-toity Country Club Plaza shopping district, now named J. C. Nichols Parkway. Nichols was a prominent developer of commercial and residential property in Kansas City, also known for his restrictive covenants prohibiting African Americans from purchasing his properties. Oh, and throw in the Nichols fountain, too. Now that would be a statement.

    • Concur with janchapman.

      Both on cause – not listening to the residents, most of whom are at least as melatonic as MLK, and with the proposed imaginative alternatives, which not being that familiar with KC, I could have no informed opinion on without such guidance.

    • Why did the city council pick THAT particular street? Was this a bit of a side swipe at ‘white supremacy’ and a virtue signal?

      I don’t know anything other than there are a LOT of streets in KC, and I no longer give progressives the benefit of the doubt.

  5. I have thought quite a bit about the MLK issue and this post seems as good a reason as any to comment.

    First off (a disclaimer): I am not a huge MLK fan. And, what I mean by that is that I find Malcolm X to be a much more compelling figure. It is not that one has to have a favorite civil rights leader. They can both be good, but MLK seems to be the civil rights leader that gained the White People Stamp of Approval. That’s really not MLK’s fault, but I prefer Malsolm X’s harsh realism to MLK’s lofty idealism.

    Next, names are important. But re-naming something, as the case in KC, is often more important. My area is embroiled in such a naming controversy of late. For those not in the know, a lake in our area was recently re-named (sort of). The Lake had been named after the Secretary of War when local soldiers were surveying the area for settlement. The Secretary of War also served as a United States Senator, and rose to the level of Vice-President of the United States.

    The problem is that he was an all around horrible individual, so horrible that even Andrew Jackson hated him. And, not only that, he both owned slaves and defended slavery. That, of course, was John Calhoun, the namesake for Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Well, in the climate of “cancel culture,” that cannot stand. The City Council in a virtue signalling “two-fer,”, and without much of any public input, decided to re-name the lake to “Bde Maka Ska” (your pronunciation may vary), its original name given to it by our Sioux Indian predecessors. Other parties quickly came in to assert their jurisdiction over the name of the lake. It was quickly changed back to Lake Calhoun. But, the chattering masses of the Facebook mob would have none of that; with the cat out of the bag, they are committed to Bde Maka Ska; wikipedia also seems to have expurgated Lake Calhoun from its pages.

    Don’t get me wrong: I am no fan of Calhoun. But, I am reluctant to commit the “genetic fallacy” and that the origin of the name of the lake continues to have the meaning of the name as it was originally conceived. While named for John Calhoun, the name Calhoun now encompasses the area (Calhoun Square, Calhoun Drive, Calhoun Beach Club, etc). That was the name it held for close to 200 years. It was the name by which I knew it before I even knew who John Calhoun was.

    (Lake Harriet is located right nearby and only today did I learn that it was named for the wife of Henry Leavenworth, who was stationed at Fort Snelling (another name) at the time. No one seems to care about Harriet Lovejoy.)

    So, getting back to the Paseo in KC, it reminds me of the MLK Blvd. in St. Paul. There was a Chris Rock skit, I believe, that said you never wanted to find yourself on MLK Blvd. in the middle of the night. They are often located in bad parts of town. I don’t know if that is true of the Paseo, but it is definitely not true in the capital of The State Mondale Won. The MLK Blvd. in St. Paul passes right in front of the State Capital and the Supreme Court building. There is probably no more prestigious place to put it (though you still might not want to be caught there in the middle of the night.

    What is my problem with that street being named after MLK? The name it replaced. It used to be called Constitution Avenue. Whatever the merits of MLK, Constitution Avenue is a far superior name for the street where the government is located.

    Am I being unreasonable? Am I being racist? Are the reasons for my opposition to the names merely pretextual?

    I don’t think so. There are two streets that branch off from MLK. One is John Ireland Blvd, named for an early bishop in St. Paul; that blvd. leads directly to the Cathedral of St. Paul a couple blocks away, so the name makes sense. The other is Cedar Street which, to the best of my knowledge, is named after no one. They could have easily changed that. Or, there is Plymouth Avenue in Minneapolis, but that is in a minority neighborhood; it is the stereotypical location for an MLK blvd.

    But, re-naming is not easy. There are all kinds of names around the area, commemorating people none of us remember. Dale, Selby, Wabasha, Lyndale, Dowling, Lowry, Olson Memorial Highway (apparently named for a staunch communist), Snelling, Henneppin, Rice, Sibley, Robert, Washington, heck, we even have a Cesar Chavez Blvd.

    I don’t know much about the Paseo. But, even trying to take a prominent name and changing can be complicated. I thought that they could change University Avenue to MLK. University Avenue crosses from one side of St. Paul to the other side of Minneapolis. Of course, it crosses right through the University of Minnesota. That would be a disruptive change. So, even when the streets are not named for someone, a change can be objectionable. It is a landmark by itself.

    So, are the people in KC being racist? I don’t know. I doubt it (though some might be). It is not a simple proposition (or, at least, not as simple as it seems). There are any number of streets around here that could have been chosen to be named after MLK, and that probably would offend next to no one.

    But, I do not like that Constitution Avenue was renamed for MLK (I write MLK because it is too long to write Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard–that’s another thing, Constitution Avenue is shorter).

    -Jut

    • As you — that is white America — are displaced, and you are seeing now and living though the initial stages, you will eventually have no choice at all about the names of anything. This is what displacement leads to. This is the basic meaning in all the instances you brought out. And that meaning seems to be that there are different and conflicting ‘americas’.

      Calhoun said more timelessly truthful things than MLK ever did (and I am beginning to be able to say with definiteness that his idealism is falsely-grounded idealism, and thus destructive idealism).

      Calhoun:

      “The day that the balance between the two sections of the country — the slaveholding States and the non-slaveholding States — is destroyed is a day that will not be far removed from political revolution, anarchy, civil war, and widespread disaster.”

      It is interesting that this rather slowly what actually did develop and is developing.

      “It has been lately urged in a very respectable quarter that it is the mission of this country to spread civil and religious liberty all over the globe, and especially over this continent — even by force, if necessary. It is a sad delusion.”

      Obviously, he was reacting against the duplicitousness of the stated ‘liberalizing’ intentions that the North seems to have gotten wrapped up in: it is part now of ‘American identity’. “As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free’ and you know how that goes . . .

      “The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitute a period of transition which must necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism”.”

      Yes, I look out the window and I notice the mobs with their torches and their slogans.

      Malcolm X also came out with some very good ones:

      “Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts a hand on you, send him to the cemetery.”

      Malcolm X really was a great man in my view. But it must be understood that he was a separatist until his view was modified that if culture embraced Islam its ‘racism’ would vanish. And there you have, in my way of seeing things, the essential engineering project now being attempted in America: it may not be through a specific Islam and yet it is a powerful molding ideology. Malcolm X surely had a part in the development of it. Our present has ‘causal roots’.

      • “As you — that is white America — are displaced, and you are seeing now and living though the initial stages, you will eventually have no choice at all about the names of anything. This is what displacement leads to. ”

        That is not really the problem. These goofy ideas are not the product of displacement; they are the product of white progressives. Well, progressives generally, but white people are a big part of that group.

        And, Calhoun may have been insightful about the state of the Union and the difficulties on the horizon, but he was still an obnoxious asshole. Having said that, he was probably also a patriot. But he hailed from the Hotbed of the Revolution. He was devoted to his state first. I am sympathetic to his limited government, states rights position. That was the vision of the Founders. South Carolina just made the mistake of firing the first shot. THAT does not gain any sympathy. With all of the secession resolutions that were passed by various states, a conversation might have been had about the balance of Federalism. But, military action warranted a military response. The nation did not get to have that conversation until after the war was over. And, then, there was not much to discuss.

        -Jut

        • Thanks for your interesting comment.

          When one investigates the issue and problem of ‘anti-whiteness’, one is forced to consider and analyze causation. The so-called ‘white guilt’ has origins, and I have come to see that they are really Europe’s problem. That is, a profound psychological ailment that arises out of the disaster of the two devastating world wars. Robinson Jeffers, in a poem I have misplaced, wrote that once Europe was ‘the jewel of the world’ and then it lay in ruins, a pauper and a beggar. And Europe did that to Europe.

          Further looking into it, you are very right: the problem of anti-whiteness is a white person’s problem: an issue of confused identity and a disturbed interior psychological will to something that might be in some way an expression of a suicidal urge.

          If today, right now, wide enough groups of Whites were to recover their selves, recover their will and strength and self-understanding; and if they were also to recover from extreme forms of cowardice and self-debasement: if they did that the next step would be making it clear that any expression of ‘anti-whiteness’ and any violence again the symbols of European culture, and any denigration of the same, would be met with absolute intolerance.

          True though, this does point in the direction of a civil conflict between members of the same European-derived societies. We have members among us who are traitors and yet they most certainly do not see their selves as such. For this reason those of us who think as *we* do (that is myself and my husband and our community, and then a far wider community that exists, is developing and increasing) all that we can really do is to try to present a case, or share a perspective, and hope that some part of it, slowly, begins to influence.

          This is why I often force myself to make bold statements, and of the sort that in another environment would get me thrown out: there is not one person here, at least that I have read, who has any significant ‘white identity’ (there are though one or two I expect who have it but choose not to express it for whatever reason).

          I do not see myself as advocating for ‘racism’, though nearly everyone describes my view as such. But then the general population is infected with the ‘anti-whiteness’ I mentioned, because of a profound psychological ailment with a causal origin they cannot see for all that it has them in its grip.

          To have points-of-comparison can be helpful. This vid shows an identitarian-nationalist rally in Spain and shows people in the process of ‘turning the tide’ of destructive ideological moralizing for which the Progressive-Left is well known. What is happening in Europe is also happening in America, except that Americans are uniquely mystified. For example most who write on this blog!

          Shame, blame and guilt: the cruelest and most deadly weapons. They’ve done it to their selves first, and then they project it outward. It is a shock and seems *evil* when someone is not a victim of it and pipes up.

          I have access to a 2 volume set of editorials published around the time of the WBTS. And I can if you want post here an editorial — completely pro-North — in which they describe the cynical strategy of Mr Lincoln to create the conditions where that first shot was fired. The editorial presents it as a war-strategy, and it is one that the North (the US) has used time and time again: provoke a conflict and then go absolutely nuts when the victim takes the bait. Or, they also simply invent a false-context. You should know this of course, yet you do not seem to.

  6. 1. Joy Behar

    Their show, their rules. If they want a bunch of Leftist sycophants who cheer only for Leftist talking points, that’s fine by me. But they should say so in a disclaimer so they aren’t deceiving the public.

    2. Ciaramella

    The background and professional connections of this “whistleblower”—he’s really a leaker—are relevant to his credibility and the legitimacy of the current impeachment push. The public has a right to know, and democracy dies in darkness.

    Combined with CBS firing a former ABC reporter because she allegedly leaked to James O’Keefe while she was at ABC, this all begs for an investigation of marketplace manipulation by the major news outlets. It can’t be rationally defended. We all know that if we were talking about a secret communication from the government, it would be printed by everybody and on the lips of every anchor.

    What’s even worse is the “whistleblower” does not meet the statutory definition to acquire the protection from employment retaliation the statute is intended to provide. This is a giant sham perpetrated by the media at the request of the Democrats.

    3. Virginia GOP

    I can’t even…

    4. When everything is racist, nothing is.

  7. There is a practical side to changing street names: the cost to the community in general, and to those who live there.

    Back in the day, a little gentleman named H. Ross Perot got a sweetheart deal on some former farmland outside Plano, Texas, on which to build his ***World Headquarters*** (emphasis his). The only road passing by this property was humbly called ‘Carpenter’s Row.’

    Ross, having a ego already difficult to fit within the Texas borders (and that takes some doing) was faced with his ***World Headquarters*** having this, er, provincial address. Imagine cities and businesses around the globe addressing mail to Ross with that address!

    Ross instigated a name change through the local channels. ‘Legacy Boulevard’ sounds so much grander, doesn’t it? Well, there was a fly in Ross’ ointment. Carpenter Row was a LONG road, and had a great many businesses already established. These businesses objected to having to buy new business cards, letterheads, and various and sundry other expensive sacrifices to Ross’ ego. Citizens organized, legal challenges threatened, and general rabbles were roused.

    Ross was stymied by the locals. The battle was compounded by the low the traffic capacity of a two lane farm to market road, and the expense to the community to repair the road during construction, much less going forward. Never one to leave problems to mere hirelings who were better qualified, Ross got involved himself. Much to his lawyer’s dismay, he stopped the world to work this little project.

    At the public hearing, both sides blustered and vented. Just before the vote, Ross himself offered a compromise: Ross would widen the road at his own expense… and buy EVERYONE new office material with the new address.

    He got his name change.

  8. 1. Did Joy Behar really think she would be able to just steamroll Donald Trump, Jr.? Some conservatives you can just steamroll by being rude, but he’s not one of them. It was a mistake for them to bring him in, just like it would be a mistake to bring in Robin Williams (once you started him up there was no stopping him) or Dan Savage (guaranteed to offend every time).

    2. Dumb, but it’s going to vanish quickly as this leaker becomes more and more a household name.

    3. Well, it’s very easy to win if the other side doesn’t even take the field. I’d question why the Virginia GOP didn’t even try in a lot of these races. Is Virginia becoming like Newark, where no Republicans ever run, or California, where they get pushed down the ballot?

    4. After two years of statue-toppling and other attempts to erase history, it should come as no surprise that eventually someone should suggest yanking something down dedicated to some darling of the left. The fact is that no city is REQUIRED to have a street named for King, nor is any citizen REQUIRED to honor him. In fact, as has been pointed out here, MLK was far from a saint in life, particularly with regard to his poor treatment of women. There is enough reason to criticize him to justify questioning why he should be honored at all, particularly in light of the current attacks on other (much more significant and influential) historical figures such as Columbus and Jefferson. Of course the left, and the black community in particular, doesn’t see it that way. If you’re lucky, they’ll just give you a non-answer, to the effect of the one is nothing like the other. If not, they’ll accuse you of being a racist, not because you said something affirmatively racist, but because you failed to give what they believe is proper deference to one of their icons.

    I think this ties in with the posts I have made in the past about how the left wants a monopoly on honor. They want to be able to dictate who can be honored, what can be honored, and where, when and how any honoring can be done. They also want to be able to dictate who and what cannot be honored, who and what must not be honored, and where, when and how honoring is not allowed to be done. What is more, they want to be allowed exclusive use of certain arguments for and against honoring. If someone yanks down a street sign for MLK because mailing has become confusing or renames Medgar Evers Park because the demographics of the area have changed, that’s considered racist. If someone took down a similar street sign once put up for RFK or renamed De Valera Park for the same reasons those actions would be encouraged, and anyone who challenged them would be told to get with the program.

    The thought, I believe, is that any renaming, changing, etc. that displaces white for color or majority for minority is to be encouraged. The reverse is considered racist. There is also an unspoken thought that any new naming, etc. that promotes someone or something of European descent, especially involving men, is passe’ and represents a lack of outside the box or imaginative thinking on the part of the namer. There is a much more open thought, probably first given organized articulation by Howard Zinn, that American men of European descent have lost the privilege of being honored because they have caused nothing but misery for women and people of color from the moment they landed on this continent.

    What’s more, they lump all of Europe, a continent of 44 nations, 87 ethnicities, 200+ languages (including at least 2 that are nothing like any other), and 2 dozen or more faiths into one classification: white. It doesn’t matter that many of those Europeans had plenty difficult times of their own when they first arrived, white is white is white, whether it be a Lutheran from Sweden, a Catholic from Italy, or an Orthodox person from Greece. They’re part of the majority that did all these horrible things, and what’s to honor about that? If anything, that majority needs to be shamed.

    That’s why there was a huge brouhaha in Jersey City recently about a monument to the victims of the Katyn Forest Massacre. The local government and developers wanted to move the (admittedly somewhat jarring) monument to where it would be less prominent. The Polish-American community objected rather vociferously. Finally the powers that be relented, but the general consensus seemed to be “good grief, what is the big deal? It’s only a monument to a bunch of European officers, can’t these people get over it?”

    That’s why a lot of communities are floating the idea of taking down the various Columbus statues, and, when we Italians object, saying it’s telling us our history doesn’t matter, the reaction from other folks is “come on, this guy isn’t a hero, he’s anything but, and you people are now part of the majority. You don’t need a special celebration anymore.” Unfortunately, at least in NJ, we are between 20% and 25% of the population, and that’s too big of a bloc to mess with politically. So our statues and celebrations are grudgingly left alone, but we get constantly reminded of just what an awful person Columbus was, and told, “All right, you are too strong here to overpower and we accept that, so we’re asking you to voluntarily do the right thing, get on the right side of history, and step aside. Take down the statues (we will hate you slightly less if you pick up the cost yourselves), cease your celebrations, and join instead in the celebration of those your people cruelly wronged. You might, just might mind you, get on the path to redemption.”

    On the other hand, if you dared suggest renaming Nat Turner Park, because a rebel slave who murdered white people who had nothing to do with slavery was maybe not the best role model, or if you dared point out that maybe Margaret Sanger had some less than wonderful ideas about a few things, so maybe her statue needed some explaining, or, God forbid, you pointed out that the Jewish population in this town had mostly either died off or moved to Florida and the local synagogue had closed, so maybe we don’t need that memorial to the Holocaust in the square anymore, you’d be condemned as a backward racist pig. And MLK can’t be touched, not no way, not no how.

  9. 2. Fox News is treating itself like a gun manufacturer, and is probably reasonably protecting its business from the threat of complete shutdown. If they explicitly mention Eric Ciaramella and anything bad happens to him, they’ll be sued into Chapter 7.

  10. 4. My understanding of the situation is that the change of The Paseo to Martin Luther King Boulevard was done democratically – and so was the change back to The Paseo.

    So now that the question is “who has the better case,” no doubt a judge will rule, and overturn the results of the most recent vote, and dictate what the street will be named. So Democrat-ic!

  11. The primary purpose of roads is not to honor people, it is to assist people to move from place to place. Any street name change hinders this, making it harder for police, fire, ambulance, taxis and anyone else looking for an address to find it quickly.
    One way to help people find their way about is to name streets in an area on a theme. Only a few kilometers from where I live is Charles Dickens Drive, so if I want to find streets names Nickleby, Oliver Twist or Copperfield I know in which direction to head.
    Also is the cost of changing names, both to the city and to the people living there. Maps and GPS become out of date, street names on sign posts need to change, companies have to change letterheads and business cards and people’s address books become out of date.
    If politicians and activists want to name a street after someone then they should give the name to a newly constructed road.

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