Tuesday, January 15, 2008

More on the Daniel Boone Parkway.

The Republicans of the Kentucky Legislature have stripped Daniel Boone's name from the Daniel Boone Parkway and now call it the Hal Rogers Parkway. That's foolish. Hal Rogers is not in the same league as Daniel Boone. The following is a quote from an internet history encyclopedia web site:
"United States History Chronological Periods
America Before the Europeans
Discovery and Exploration 1492-1650
Colonial Era 1650-1765
Boone & Crockett's America
Revolutionary Era 1765-1783
Constitutional Era 1783-1800 Early National Period 1800-1830 The Age of Jackson 1830-1855 The Coming of the War 1850-1860 The Civil War 1860-1865 Reconstruction 1865-1876 The Gilded Age, 1876-1900 20th Century History 1900-1909 1910-1919 1920-1929, 1930-1939 1940-1949 1950-1959 1960-1969 1970-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999"
I don't see "Hal Rogers' America" listed on there as a significant period of American History. I do see "Boone & Crockett's America". Daniel Boone brought fame to Kentucky. When people think of Daniel Boone, they think of a great explorer--he was a credit to Kentucky. That band of Republicans in Frankfort should never have dumped the name of that great man Daniel Boone off the name of the parkway running through Daniel Boone Country, and should never have put the name of one of their political cronies, and political hacks, on it. Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett will long be remembered, long after Hal Rogers and Bill Frist are forgotten.


Cecil said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the house in Kentucky is and was controlled by Democrats, so you're misinformed, to say the least.

However, let's be completely honest - the road was renamed to Hal Rogers Parkway through executive order of one Governor Paul Patton.

In case you didn't know, he's a democrat.

Kenneth Stepp said...

It seems a lot of Democrats like Hal Rogers a lot. At least 51,000 in the Fifth District prefer a Democratic Congressman to Hal Rogers.

badqat said...

I thought if Rogers was going to be defeated, it would have been when the fifth district was redrawn to take it from the traditionally Republican leaning district it was, to one that has a majority of Democrats.

With his pork machine still operating in full swing, despite the Democrats taking over Congress in '06, I don't see him losing anytime soon.

But...it is silly for a parkway to be named for him, despite him bringing the pork to Kentucky to remove those awful toll booths.

Anonymous said...

I much preferred the former Parkway names as they originally were, not just the Daniel Boone...

Green River, Blue Grass, Daniel Boone, etc... They spoke much more for the Bluegrass state than say the William H. Natcher or the Martha Lane Collins Pkwy ever could.



Kenneth Stepp said...

It's too early to accord Hal Rogers more honor and recognition than we do Daniel Boone.