Back by popular demand! Its time once again to shine the light on more questionable signs found in our area and ask ourselves if there might be a better way of stating something.
Recently, I was actually paying attention to roadside signs in and around town and there were a couple that made me think.
First up is a sign we've all passed countless time while driving on Route 2 through East Hartford. A green sign notes that you are driving on the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Highway. Ah, isn't that nice. The veterans of foreign wars. As opposed to the veterans of domestic wars? Unless I'm mistaken, the last war fought primarily on our soil was the Civil War. Folks, that was over 140 years ago! If any of those veterans were still alive today they would no doubt feel slighted. So aren't all veterans from foreign wars? You know me, I'm all about inclusion. So while I understand that the highway's namesake is the VFW isn't it about time we change the name and acknowledge all the veterans? I propose we rename Route 2 the Veterans Memorial Highway. By being short and to the point it quickly puts more emphasis on all our veterans and pays them tribute for their service. And it would also save $ in sign printing as it would be smaller and use fewer letters.
Next up: Fairfield Village. No, I'm not talking about the western Connecticut town of Fairfield, which is not a village by the way. Fairfield Village is in Glastonbury. "Huh?" you might ask. Signs for Fairfield Village are sprinkled around Glastonbury. These are new condominiums off Oak Street. These signs state that Fairfield Village is an Adult Community. Oh, isn't that nice. So if I'm 18 years old I'm eligible to live there? An 18 year old is an adult, correct? I'm going to guess they are talking about older adults, like seniors. Oops, can't say "seniors" anymore. That has negative connotations. "Active adults". Whatever that means. Who do they think they are fooling? Not me, that's for sure.