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Thu., Jan. 24, 2013, 8:21 a.m.

Nutty Lawmakers Sponsor This Bridge

File under hogs soar, Bigfoot lassoed and hell ices over: A great notion is up for rumination in the Washington Legislature. House Bill 1051 would make it OK to sell the naming rights of bridges, highways, viewpoints, etc., to help fund the upkeep of state roadways. I can see it now. Take that rest stop on the road to Ritzville. For the right amount it could be renamed after a local industry like, say, one of our massage parlors. All that nasty business from last summer’s police raid would have to get worked out first, of course. Once this happens, however, weary drivers would find the “Asian Spa Relaxation Spot” a soothing oasis for a pit stop or cup of joe/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: What do you think of selling naming rights of bridges, highways, viewpoints, etc., to the highest bidder?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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