some groups can't get public recognition for public service
- I lived in Tucson from 1988 to 1993, and during that time I often participated
in the activities of the local groups affiliated with American Atheists.
One programme available to public organisations and businesses was the
Adopt A Highway Program, in which the organisation or business would pledge
to remove rubbish from the side of a particular strech of road or highway
and in return signs would be erected naming that organisation or business.
Many businesses have done this and failed to clean the highway in question,
effectively getting free advertising from the government. We decided to
do this in good faith, and, much to our surprise, there was no resistance
from the government. A strech of Highway 86 west of Tucson was named
"American Atheist Highway", and signs to that effect were erected. Unlike
many other groups, we actually did clean up that highway. Several sundays
we would go out as a group and remove rubbish. Certain groups, however,
about as unpopular as we, have found that this does not extend to them, and
apparently Wisconsin's government doesn't want anyone cleaning the highway
who is wearing white sheets under his orange safety vest :-) The following
article, attributed only to wire services, appeared on page A7 of the
Tuesday, February 3, 2004 edition of the Arizona Republic.
Madison, Wisconsin--Since the Ku Klux Klan volunteered to clean up a
strech of highway in northern Wisconsin two years ago, state lawmakers
have failed to rename the road as an act against the group's ideology.
The state Assembly is scheduled to vote today Tuesday oon a bill to rename
a two-mile stretch of Wisconsin 122 in Iron County.
"We are 50 or 100 years behind the most advanced countries. We must make good
that distance in ten years. Either we do it or we go under."
--Josef Stalin, August 1931