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    The new northbound span of the Benicia-Martinez Bridge here in the Bay Area opens today/tonight and it is being named the George Miller III Bridge, after the Congressman who represents California's 7th District where the bridge is located. The old bridge, and soon to be southbound span, is named after his father, George Miller Jr.

    Now am I odd for thinking this is kind of dumb and a bad omen for either the bridge or the man? I have no problem with Mr. Miller, and I respect the man a lot as a Congressman, but naming a bridge after him while he is still living and still in office just doesn't sit well with me. I believe Dianne Feinstein also has a school named after her in San Francisco. Is this some kind of trend?

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    Dean E. Smith Center in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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      The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX was named after Mayor Bradley, while he was in the middle of his 5 terms / 20 years serving as Mayor of Los Angeles. This was 25 years ago (back in 1984 or so...), so I don't think that it really is a "new" trend - it's simply a way to honor the people who work hard on our behalf. Perhaps it was a way to solve the problem of what to name the new span: can't really name it after a rival politician or a successor - naming it after his son kind of gets them out of the dilemma, don't you think?
      "I've got the heart of a child..." - I keep it in a box, next to my bed...

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        Politicians love to name things after themselves. I think Senator Byrd of West Virginia holds the record.
        "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
        -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


        When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

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          My childhood best friend's grandpa had a major street named after him in Phoenix. He was once governor.

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            I think it depends on how old the person they're naming something after. Like if it's a 30 year old little mayor...yeah no. But if it was the former mayor who is 76...it's okay.


            I would love something named after me.... maybe a bench. Yes... a bench in a park.

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              The guy has been the representative for the district since '75, so I guess that takes away some of the weirdness, but it still sits funny with me.

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