January 6, 2011

Campaign launched to prevent
naming new school for Biden

What does the Good Book say about honor in your hometown? An anonymous website has been established to deny Vice President Joe Biden some in his.

As Delaforum previously reported, Brandywine School District decided last autumn to conduct a referendum of sorts to select a name for the new school being built to replace Brandywood Elementary. After a committee narrowed suggestions down to five, the district posted a ballot on its website and invited the public to choose from among them. Two of the choices are to honor people -- Biden or the late Ben Ellis, who was a well-liked district administrator. The others are to retain Brandywood; call it Hanby after the former middle school, originally named for one of the early Brandywine Hundred families, which stood at the site; or settle for Chalfonte, the development where it is located.

To be sure, the committee showed scant prowess in looking for folks like Pierre S. du Pont and David W. Harlan deserving to be memorialized for rising generations. There are indeed many such candidates. But by settling for the current most widely known Delawarean, it obviously rankled some political feathers. A website, '', was set up on Jan. 4 to recruit votes from near and far on behalf of Hanby. It argues that Biden will eventually get ample honors and that it's "inappropriate to name a public building after someone still in office."  It even suggests trying to persuade him to have his name dropped from consideration. The site obviously was designed by a pro.  Its domain registration simply lists ' Inc.', a registration service, as registrant.

CLICK HERE to access the anti-Biden website.

CLICK HERE to access the 'name our school' page on the district website.

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