growing movement in southern Arizona to create the 51st state, but they have a problem: they can't come up with a good name. In a recent poll, "Baja Arizona" was the top choice, but that has all kinds of problems. First, it has too many syllables--six! California, by comparison, has four (Five if you count Schwarzenegger's pronunciation). Many fear the name "Baja Arizona" might imply the residents want to rejoin Mexico (which they decidedly don't). Second in the poll is "Gadsden"after the guy who bought the land (Gadsden Purchase). But America has a semi-official policy not to name states after people. It would be hard to imagine the U.S. having a state named after James Gadsden, but no state named after Lincoln or Jefferson! Third choice "South Arizona" follows the more common pattern (think West Virginia, or South Dakota). But I think supporters are forgetting a much better idea. Name the new state "Arizona"and rename the rest of the state "North Arizona." What do you think... Got any better ideas for a name?
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