Editorial: Revote on highway name
July 3, 2008 · Updated 11:44 PM
Whidbey Island Scenic Isleway? Thats the best they could come up with after 18 months of meetings?
This is the new name for highways 20 and 525 which run down the spine of Whidbey Island, as recommended in a document called the Whidbey Scenic Isle Way Corridor Management Plan. Unfortunately, it doesnt sound right.
Nobody says isle when they mean island, except poor poets looking for a rhyme for while. Isle conjures up thoughts of the contraction for I will, and isleway makes us think of the space between rows of canned items at Safeway. Theres nothing scenic about an aisleway of soup cans.
Perhaps this is just petulance as our lyrical and descriptive recommendation of Whidbey Island Rhododendron Highway was not adopted, but we demand a revote. The Internet would be a good place for such a vote. Post whatever finalist highway names the committee considered and let the public decide. Were betting Scenic Isleway will lose by a landslide to Rhododendron Highway.
Naming issues aside, the committee produced an impressive document citing the highways scenic value to the community, state and nation, and makes sensible recommendations for highway improvements and minor protective measures. It is admittedly toothless, however. Well continue to enjoy Whidbey Islands scenery only until it pays to develop the property were looking at. But at least the document will serve its purpose of attracting more state and federal highway dollars to Whidbey Island.