Evan as a fellow Georgian, I am not comfortable with this.
1. As noted in the end of the story, it is a rented building. The USG owns
so much property why not force PC to take one of those buildings...save the
rent money, and put it into programs.
2. A better name would be for someone who really deserves it...have a
contest, and maybe display a new name every month or something, but not
someone who was at the helm for a couple of years...
----Original Message Follows----
From: "Scott Geibel" <scottgeibel@...
To: "Malawi RPCVs" <email@example.com
Subject: [ujeni] Naming the Peace Corps building
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 10:44:09 -0500
Branding Iron for the Peace Corps
By Al Kamen
Thursday, February 22, 2001; Page A17
Some folks in the Senate have come up with a nifty idea to name the Peace
Corps building in downtown Washington for the key person in the
organization's history -- and to do so just in time for celebrations of its
40th anniversary in September.
So whose name are they going to put atop the building at 20th and L Streets
NW? The dynamic founding director, R. Sargent Shriver? No.
Perhaps the legendary mother figure and longest-serving director, Loret
Miller Ruppe, who headed the organization for eight years and refused to
take any pay for the first year because she was afraid she couldn't do the
job? Wrong again.
The idea is to name it for the late senator Paul D. Coverdell (R-Ga.) who
ran the agency for less than 2 1/2 years. By all accounts, Coverdell was a
reasonably good director during his tenure from 1989 to 1991, though some
cynics, noting his frequent trips to Georgia, accused him of using the job
as a steppingstone to the Senate. This was of course much pooh-poohed by his
But when he got to the Senate, where he served just over one term before his
death last July, Coverdell was a staunch defender of the Peace Corps and saw
to it that efforts to curtail or cripple it were defeated.
Some of us Peace Corps veterans inside the Beltway will not be surprised by
the proposed selection. But most of the 160,000 ex-volunteers not familiar
with the ways of Washington may be upset, thinking it a tasteless political
maneuver -- even an injustice to the memory of the 240 or so volunteers who
died overseas from accidents or illness while serving. They would probably
prefer Shriver or Ruppe, a Michigan Republican credited with reenergizing
the agency, or, most likely, no one at all.
They could argue that, since Coverdell spent far more time in the Senate
than at the Peace Corps, that a caucus room there be named for him, or maybe
Democratic successor Sen. Zell Miller's offices or a building in Georgia.
But that's not how this town works. So look for Coverdell's name soon on the
building. The building is leased, not government property, so the name might
have to come down should the agency move in the future. But for now. . . .
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