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Friday, August 05, 2005

Henry Bonilla- Out of Town, Out of Touch

So it seems just before our noble congresspersons adjourned for their August recess, Henry Bonilla decided to sneak in a 106-word resolution changing 16th street NW in Washington DC to Ronald Reagan Boulevard. First off, why does 'everyman' Ronald Reagan get a high-falutin' 'boulevard'?

Secondly, it's good to know that Bonilla has his priorities straight. With such pressing issues in his district, such as bringing health care to the children in Hudspeth, Zavala, Maverick, Presidio, Edwards, Webb, and Dimmit counties- seven of the top ten counties with the highest percentages of uninsured children in the country- or figuring out a way to help reduce the pollution in Big Bend, Bonilla would rather change 16th street NW to Ronald Reagan Blvd.

What does Rep. Thomas Davis, a member of Bonilla's own party and chair of the committee (Government Reform) that holds jurisdiction over Bonilla's resolution think?

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee with jurisdiction over Bonilla's legislation, called it "ridiculous" and said he would put it in the "appropriate file," according to a report on radio station WTOP's Web site that was distributed by Davis aides.

Davis noted that Congress has renamed Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and dedicated the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue NW. "If Congressman Bonilla wants to name anything else, he has to look at his own district in San Antonio," Davis said.

I gotta say, I agree with Congressman Davis on this one, but unlike Susan, who wants to name the Riverwalk after Marion Barry, I think we should rename some street in his own district. Maybe a major street in one of the small communities that has voted heavily for Bonilla in the past. Maybe change the section of De Zavala road that runs through Shavano Park to Bill Clinton Way or the section of Lockhill-Selma that runs through Castle Hills to Howard Dean Avenue. Oh I bet they'd love that.