You may recall my post of a couple of months ago about how members of the Ohio congressional delegation were using legal maneuvers to prevent Alaska’s Mount McKinley being changed to Denali, its original Athabascan name, simply because president McKinley was from Ohio and even though he had never been to Alaska or had anything to do with the mountain.
The National Parks Service had no opposition to making the change to Denali but there is a part of the law under which they operate that says that they cannot consider a change in the name while the issue is under consideration by Congress, and Ohio congresspersons regularly introduce pointless bills that never go anywhere just for the purpose of stymying the NPS. Ohio congressman Bob Gibbs had introduced such a bill again this year.
Now president Obama seems to have circumvented that legislative hurdle and issued an executive order for the name change. Needless to say, Ohio congresspersons are up in arms but the Republican senator and governor of Alaska have supported the change.
Jordan Klepper of The Daily Show had a fine piece about Ohio’s ridiculous attitude on this issue back in July.
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