- The Washington Times - Monday, June 25, 2001

Long overdue
The House tomorrow is scheduled to consider the Transportation Appropriations Act for 2002, which, apart from providing $14.9 billion in discretionary funding, directs the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to quit beating around the bush and modify signs at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airports subway station, as well as all maps, directories, documents, and other records the authority publishes, to reflect Mr. Reagans name.
Its been more than three years ago — Feb. 4, 1998 — since Congress and President Clinton agreed to rename the airport after Ronald Reagan.

Tuesday special
We always get a chuckle — and are happy to help spread word — when scheduling conflicts force the elite Monday Club to meet on Tuesday.
Todays Monday Club luncheon — featuring an address on global warming by S. Fred Singer, director of the Science & Environmental Policy Project — is rescheduled for 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Lei Garden restaurant in Chinatown.

Toni and Joe
Sorry, guys, but were told that Toni Braxton will not be clad in that barely-there gown she wore for this years Grammys when she joins Democratic Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman on stage at Constitution Hall Thursday evening.
The Democrats have scheduled the concert to honor the Womens Leadership Forum, 1104 (a grass-roots group that supports Democratic candidates), and the 20th anniversary of the Democratic Business Council.
The 32-year-old Miss Braxton grew up in nearby Severn, Md., and attended Bowie State University.

American pastimes
Weve gotten hold of the latest activities report of the Environmental Protection Agencys Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and see that Uncle Sam has just held a "Ritualistic Uses of Mercury Task Force Forum" outside Washington, in order to gain a better understanding of the cultural and religious components of mercury use in the United States.
The EPA labels ritualistic uses of mercury an "emerging environmental and public health issue," especially with the countrys Latino and Caribbean communities.
Approximately 40 people participated in the forum, including cultural and religious representatives, environmental, public health and community advocates, and government officials.

No. 2
Being vice president for eight grueling years, its no wonder Al Gore did all in his power to become president. Consider these famous quotes about the vice presidency, culled from vicepresidents.com, the only Web-based magazine in the world dedicated to the study of the vice presidency of the United States:
"The vice presidency is the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived." John Adams, the first vice president.
"The vice presidency isnt worth a pitcher of warm spit." John Nance Garner, the first of four-term President Franklin Roosevelts three vice presidents (none of whom Roosevelt liked).
"If you give me a week, I might think of one." Dwight D. Eisenhower, in response to a reporters question to name a major policy contribution by Vice President Richard M. Nixon.
"Look at all the vice presidents in history. Where are they? They were about as useful as a cows fifth teat." Harry S. Truman.
"I would a great deal rather be anything, say professor of history, than vice president." Theodore Roosevelt.
"This is a hell of a job. I can only do two things: One is to sit up here and listen to you birds talk. The other is to look at newspapers every morning to see how the presidents health is." Charles Dawes, Calvin Coolidges veep pick.
"I do not propose to be buried until I am really dead." Daniel Webster, on not accepting the vice presidency.
"Keep your mouth shut, your head down, and dont act like you want it." Jack Kemp.

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