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Letter by Ben Lieurance, Gig Harbor on July 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm with 24 Comments »
July 16, 2012 1:37 pm

Now that we are accustomed to the naming of stadiums, fields and arenas (as in “Safeco” field, “CenturyLink” field, “Key” arena,”Petco” park), we should consider doing this for other public places. We could have Safeway I-5 and Microsoft 405 and Bed Bath & Beyond I-90.

And we wouldn’t have to stop with roads; what about libraries, museums and parks? Just think about Waste Management Park (AKA Point Defiance).

If we (taxpayers) are not able to afford these luxuries, why not let private enterprise have them. Sell the naming rights and along with that they could have the right to maintain them and pay for them. This seems to be such a pure form of capitalism and in today’s economy this could be an easy solution to our decaying infrastructure.

The intitial purchase could help our state budgets while our legislators could make plans for the money no longer needed to build or repair these roads. And here in Washington state our gas prices could be lowered as the tax for roads would no longer be needed.

Jobs would be born with the advent of the named street, road or boulavard being upgraded to meet the high standards and quality for these formitable businesses. You can plan your routes and trips by your favoorite store or business. At least we would know who to call when the road is full of potholes!

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  1. sandblower says:

    Ben,
    You’re joking, right?

  2. BigSwingingRichard says:

    I think we should save the name “Waste Management Park” for Congress.

  3. truthbusterguy says:

    Jan Angel want to sell naming rights to the Narrows Bridge to help keep tolls lower. Sounds like a great idea. Better than Kilmer and Seaquist’s idea of just increase tolls, taxes and fees.

    Wish they would join Angel for some “out of the box” thinking.

  4. Frankenchrist says:

    Ben,

    Careful, the Republicans in here will think you’re serious. They hate roads.

  5. truthbusterguy says:

    Lets don’t forget that we need to also privatize schools with vouchers and charter schools. It’s our only path away from collective bargaining and binding arbitration. Two union ideological concepts that are destroying our kids education opportunities.

    Scott Walker, please help our kids too.

  6. Fibonacci says:

    I KNEW truth buster could not post without an attack on unions. It is not possible. Hey truth, you do know that statistically more charter shoals do worse than public schools than there are those that do better don’t you?

  7. LeePHill says:

    Isn’t there already a road named….

    Raaaaaiiiii….neeeerrrr….beeeerrrrrr

  8. LeePHill says:

    Fibonacci – Truthbuster is trying to save $2.91 cents each month on his taxes to invest in Bain Capital

  9. MyBandito says:

    The Tim Eyman toll booths. He can sponsor the toll booths that he created.

  10. bobcat1a says:

    Toll booths every couple of miles…only a quarter per mile…yeah, what a deal. Wouldn’t need to pay for hiway cops either because no one could ever get up enough speed to get a ticket.

  11. alindasue says:

    bobcat1a,
    Your idea is priceless! Thanks for the good laugh.

  12. aislander says:

    It’s obvious from some of these comments that those who wish to preserve the status quo reside on the left. Isn’t that…conservatism?

  13. Frankenchrist,
    Republicans love roads, but hate wasting their money to pay for them.

    Bandito,
    Better idea – let’s sell the right to operate the booths to the private sector – look how well that worked with alcohol.

  14. Their’s a reason why the local media calls safeco field the safe and century link field the clink so they are not providing the companies free advertisement

  15. Also be prepared to pay more tolls as well

  16. LeePHill says:

    “TOOCAN says:
    July 16, 2012 at 10:51 pm Their’s a reason why the local media calls safeco field the safe and century link field the clink so they are not providing the companies free advertisement”

    HUH???????????????????????????????

  17. “It’s our only path away from collective bargaining and binding arbitration. Two union ideological concepts that are destroying our kids education opportunities.”

    What school district has binding arbitration?

    “Hey truth, you do know that statistically more charter shoals do worse than public schools than there are those that do better don’t you?”

    The Florida annual school evaluation shows that charter school do better then regular schools. African-Americans and Hispanics show the greatest benefit from charter schools. White students benefit the least.

    In some cases, African-Americans and Hispanics show improvements of over 20%. Twenty percent is huge!!

    http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/information/charter_schools/faqs.asp

  18. SwordofPerseus says:

    Sliding down the slippery slope to idiocracy. Sorry but this is the exact opposite of what Ben and Tom had in mind in 1776. But then I know that stupid is as stupid does.

  19. Pawl? Any school or class can statistically do better when they get to cherry pick their students. Next…

  20. Why don’t we cherry pick the the cutups, delinquents, probable drop outs, junior league gangsters and train them for their inevitable minimum wage job or prison term. Next…

  21. BlaineCGarver says:

    Bad idea….Government is supposed to do some things….Social Engineering is not one of them, infrastructure IS..

  22. Neither is right wing socal entineering.

  23. Candles16 says:

    This is an anti-American letter clearly written by someone totally unfamiliar with the history of the United States. Maybe this is part of the Koch’s astrosturf hate campaign that has been outsourced to Communist China so some cheap labor over in Shanghai is writing obnoxious garbage like this nonsense since no real American would.

  24. took14theteam says:

    yep, that is it.

    Or to copy Hill.

    HUH???????????????????????????????

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