Thanks for your email.
As you could tell by my comment in Saturday's Tallahassee Democrat, I agree
with you. It's clear that Byrd's proposal is about ideology and not
anyone's public service to our state. Otherwise, he would have proposed
LeRoy Collins or Reuben Askew or Lawton Chiles Parkway.
However, even with those
fine alternatives, the fact remains that Apalachee Parkway has been and
should remain the name of this key roadway. It celebrates our heritage
and history. Most important, we chose it.
I'm considering proposing
that we place on a fall ballot a referendum question for voters to decide
if they want to retain "Apalachee Parkway" or let some legislator decide
what to name it. Please let me know what you and your friends think
about this idea.
Please also know that,
with your help, I will continue to protect our self-determination and self-respect.