Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Clean up the mess

Bush Hall

About 20 years ago, I worked at a small independent college along the banks of the Saco River in Biddeford that will remain nameless. One year the college was offered a gift from the local Pratt & Whitney plant of one slightly used waste treatment plant. It was sorely needed since the college was growing and I believe was still using an antiquated septic system. Given the close proximity to the river and ocean, and the college's environmental flair, a waste treatment plant was just what the doctor ordered. The donation was accepted and the equipment was installed in a rather nondescript, one story building down next to the baseball field and tennis courts.

The director of facilities at the time was a guy named Bob Henry who probably did a great job, but apparently was not too popular with the facilities staff. I suspected that the fact that he came to work in a suit and tie did not go over well with the blue-collar-Maine-good-ole-boy mindset. To mark their displeasure, the facilities staff always referred to the new waste treatment plant building as Bob Henry Hall. I thought it was rather clever myself.

Also rather clever is an idea floating around the Internet about a petition to rename a sewage treatment plant in San Francisco for the outgoing chief executive, George Bush. The article states:

The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco wants to switch the name of the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant to the George W. Bush Sewage
Plant...Proponents of the renaming plan see it as fitting tribute to a
president they contend has plumbed the depths of incompetence.

I think it's a great idea. What do you think?


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