Wednesday, March 01, 2006

He should have more respect for his roots
...or tubers in this case.
A state lawmaker wants to peel Idaho's standard license plate of the legend "Famous Potatoes" in a battle over whether the lowly spud should symbolize a state whose major export is high technology.

Republican Sen. Hal Bunderson said the slogan no longer has resonance for a state whose population and commerce have undergone a seismic shift in the 46 years since the motto was first stamped on Idaho's license plates.

Tinkering with this kind of thing is usually a bad idea. First, it just encourages smart asses--like me--to suggest rude slogans. Famous Neo-Nazis? Whitest State in the Union? Not as Bad as You've Heard? Not as Liberal as Utah? Secondly, after they brush off all of the smart ass suggestions, they'll choose something written a committee at the Department of Tourism. We Have Nice Mountains?

I'm sure you can come up with better suggestions.

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