John Brummett columnizes on former colleague and incoming state Rep. David Sanders' silly and trivial maiden legislation to change the nickname of Arkansas from the Natural State back to Land of Opportunity. In conclusion:
1. A state nickname is a trivial matter unworthy of serious policy discussion and Sanders ought to be booted in the behind for filing this silly bill. We once called ourselves the Wonder State, though I never knew what it was we were wondering about. I seem to recall that we once went by the Bear State, as if having more bears than people from Helena south to Arkansas City was something to advertise.
2. We are not a natural state. Quite the contrary, our lakes are mostly man-made. Our economy is based on altering the natural landscape to farm it, irrigate it, clear-cut it and drill into it.
So I say pass this nonsense and get it the heck over with.