Do fewer stop signs reduce the number accidents? John Stossel has a great column. He also touches on how traffic tickets can quickly turn into a money making scheme for both cities and police officers.
It has begun. Waco came extremely close to naming an elementary school after Barack Obama.
I dislike the idea of naming stuff after people. If a new school is built, name it after the town or the street it's on. If a new highway or road is constructed, give it a number or name it after a tree. Naming stuff after people inevitably results in nonproductive tinkling contests. The only times I like the idea of naming something after someone is as a joke (such as "The Michael Vick Humane Society Annex") or as a back handed compliment (such as naming a park lot "The Joe Blow Memorial Parking Lot" before Joe Blow actually dies).
Would naming the new Waco elementary school "Barack Obama Elementary" versus "J.H. Hines Elementary School" actually improve educational quality?
I'm an applied economics PhD student who is entirely too angry and bitter for this stage of my life. I fit into no neat camp. Most who share my worldview are not Christian and most Christians don't share my worldview. I don't think either group shares my dry, dark sense of humor and taste for bizarre music and habits. Taken together, all that makes me an individualist. I guess I'm an intellectual whether I like it or not.