A little something for my Washington state readers
Onion, Potato Grapple For State Veggie Title
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As some Washington-state school kids are learning, politics can be a rough game. Ninth-grade students at Kirkland Junior High in suburban Walla Walla proposed that the Walla Walla sweet onion be named as the official state vegetable. Although it sounds innocent enough, potato growers objected, saying the spud should get the official nod. The veggie battle has been waging for three years in the Washington state legislature and there's still no official vegetable.
(Is anyone else imagining a food fight here? I mean really, if this debate took place in Taiwan it could get violent. I see bushels of rotten veggies being lobbed at each other via mini-catapaults.
You spud-sucking tuber lover!
Go stick an onion where the sun don't shine! Oh, wait, this is Washington...too many options.
Years from now historians may analyze the Russet Filibuster of 2006. Or they may laud the efforts of a humble Lime who stepped forward to propose the Great Compromise of her day! Let the state vegetable be potatoes fried with onions!)
But the children's teacher, Toni Miller, feels at least the kids learned a valuable lesson about politics.
(Yes, they have learned that their legislators have a collective IQ roughly equal to that of the proposed state vegetables.)