A government center in nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana is about to be renamed, and a majority voted online to rename the building after a former mayor of Fort Wayne from decades ago. Of course, despite the vote for this former mayor, city officials have decided not to honor the wishes of the majority. Why, you may ask? The mayor's name was Harry Baals (pronounced balls).
That's right. Harry Baals. For some reason, city officials just don't like the idea of renaming a government building the Harry Baals Center. I guess it's because it might make them look like fools, although since we're talking about a government building, it sounds great to me! In any case, it's what the people want, so what's wrong with it? The former mayor's son mentioned he was known as H.W., so why not name it the H.W. Baals Center?
Unsurprisingly, the story itself has found its way onto the national stage, as WANE-TV in Fort Wayne has reported (with much thanks to Wyatt Earp on the heads up), and apparently they're quite happy with all the national attention given to their city:
"Anytime we get an opportunity to let people know we're here, we're on the map, and what we're doing I think is a good thing," said Fort Wayne Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy.This deputy Mayor has pie on her face from this story, and it's a good thing to her since it puts Fort Wayne on the map; ohhhhh brother! The things bureaucrats say these days.