The good folks of Brandywine Hundred last month voted not to name their new elementary school after Delaware’s long-serving and once senior-senator and now vice-president, Joseph R. Biden Jr; instead, opting for the more parochial Hanby Elementary School. Likewise, it’s unusual to name anything after a politician or local hero until, well, they’ve passed. For example, former Senator William V. Roth Jr’s name was bestowed upon the new Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Bridge, a few years after his passing. Mr. Roth was instrumental in securing federal and state funds for the Route 1 bridge and project. So too, did the good people of Delaware celebrate a great trailblazer and civil rights litagator with the naming of the City/County Building on French Street in Wilmington after the late Louis L. Redding (btw, he also has a middle school named after him in Middletown – Redding Middle School). Thus, we now have Mr. Amtrak himself conferred upon with the naming of the Wilmington Train Station in his honor. Call me old-fashioned, but I find it a bit puzzling when politicians have buildings, schools and other things named after them while they are still living.