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These days, our elected officials can't seem to accomplish much of anything, at least nothing of substance.

With so much "real" work needing to be done, it's almost natural to ridicule the lawmaker who sends out a news release trumpeting his latest bridge or road-naming legislation.

As far as importance, we tend to rank such bills right up there with those naming state folk dances and minerals -- harmless, but also meaningless compared to the work voters elected them to do.

Sure, the state Legislature last month passed a transportation funding bill, but how long did that take? Years.

And property tax reform has been an issue for decades, so where's the relief? Public pension crisis? Still looming, and still no action.

That said "¦

No one will hear a word of criticism from us about state Rep. Seth Grove's bill naming bridges and a traffic circle in York County - not when we see the names of those to be honored and the sacrifices they made for us.

These men gave their lives in the line of duty, fighting in our name abroad and protecting us here at home.

Those who would be recognized are:

•Cpl. Luke S. Runyan, a 2004 graduate of Spring Grove Area High School killed in action in Iraq in February 2008.


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•Pfc. Cameron Stambaugh, 20, who was one of the six NATO service members killed July 8, 2012, by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

•U.S. Army Spc. Zachary Clouser, a 2005 graduate of Dover Area High School who was killed in Adhamiyah, Iraq, on July 18, 2007.

•Sgt. Brett E. Walden, 40, who died in Rubiah, Iraq, on Aug. 5, 2005.

•Northern York County Regional Police Officer David D. Tome, 31, who was investigating a fatal crash in October 2008 when he was struck by an SUV and killed.

The House unanimously approved Grove's bill, and it must be passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett to become law.

A second measure, written by state Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, to name a new bridge at the Loganville interchange of Interstate 83 the Rodney P. Miller Memorial Bridge, is awaiting a House vote.

Miller was 45 years old when he was killed April 27 by an alleged drunken driver at the scene of an earlier crash on I-83.

Yes, sometimes these "naming" bills can be ridiculous, obvious attempts by sponsors to score points with small segments of their constituencies. Perhaps it's a pet issue of little interest to anyone else.

Few lawmakers care, so few oppose.

Sometimes, however, the honors can be so well-deserved, it can be a privilege to support it.

Such is the case, we believe, with Grove's bill.