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
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, 'votenotojoe.com', 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 'Godaddy.com Inc.', a registration
service, as registrant.
to access the anti-Biden website.
to access the 'name our school' page on the district
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