Dont laughEarl Holding may be on to something!
Commentary by PAT MURPHY
Fie on naysayers! Fie on provincial thinking! Fie on fears of plagiarism!
Sun Valley Co.s Earl Holding, a master at making one dollar do the
work of two, may have something in possibly re-naming his Utah Snowbasin ski operation as
another "Sun Valley."
Jeepers, imagine lackluster places with unappealing names, no historical
cachet or meticulously created reputations suddenly booming if re-named overnight as
glamorous geographical clones of the genuine article.
That pimple of a ski mountain outside Boise now known as Bogus Mountain
could be re-named Baldy (after Sun Valleys famous ski mountain). Skiers from afar
not knowing any better could be lured by Boises promoters to the bogus Baldy,
thinking theyd skied one of the worlds best.
And what a way to ease overcrowding by foreign tourists at Grand Canyon.
Those big crevices outside of Lubbock, Tex., could pass for a canyon to tourists from Fiji
and Morocco, if renamed Grand Canyon.
And just think of expropriating the names of Miami Beach, Malibu and Cape
Cod and giving them to dismal spots and a fresh new image.
For those who stubbornly believe that pro athletes who run afoul of the
law are just average guys gone bad, a new book about darlings of TV who drive expensive
cars, live in expensive homes and are "heroes" to Americas kids should end
"Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play In The NFL" documents the
police rap sheets of dozens of NFL players from homicide and rape to drunk driving,
drugs and spousal assault.
Authors Jeff Benedict and Don Yeager conclude that 21 percent of NFL
playersone out of five!have been charged with serious crimes.
And for first-rate hypocrisy, theres Green Bay tight end Mark
Chmura, a conservative "family values" father of two children who refused to
attend a 1997 White House reception because he considered President Clinton to be immoral.
Chmura, 31, (ho-hum) was charged April 11 with sexual assault on a
17-year-old babysitter he allegedly lured into a bathroom during a party and seduced into
Republicans who promote law-and-order images must have a terrible time
wrestling with their consciences.
Take Trent Lott, majority leader of the U.S. Senate, the worlds most
powerful legislative body; and George W. Bush, who wants to be president; plus a whole
string of lesser light Republicans in Congress.
All of them either explicitly said, or implicitly suggested, its
okay to defy the law: anyone who decides questions on the U.S. Census form are
"intrusive" should not answer them.
The fact that the Constitution requires the census every 10 years; that
federal law requires residents to comply; that Congress approved the questions before some
members began pandering to right-wing craziesthat doesnt seem to concern
politicians who take oaths to uphold the law.
But then, maybe that explains why no one ever expects much more from
Pat Murphy is the retired publisher of the Arizona Republic and a former