Ray LaHood writ large

As American folklore has it, when John Hancock, one of the founding fathers, signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, he said he wanted his signature to be large enough so that Britain’s King George III and his parliament could read it without their spectacles.

LaHood: signed off
with a flourish 

Perhaps US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood – himself a man who uses spectacles – noticed that Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell was likewise in need of ocular assistance. 

In a 6 April letter to the Governor, LaHood’s lawyers calmly explained to Rendell that no, he could not toll the state’s I-80 highway. Reason being that the tolls would be diverted to other causes, instead of rehabilitating the highway itself. And that, they argued, was against the law.

To make his point, LaHood himself signed the letter (seen by Infrastructure Investor) with a gargantuan signature that took up nearly half the page.

At least LaHood found room to insert a line Hancock and the founding fathers left out of their letter: “If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.”