I kid, of course, with my last reply. I see the newspaper posted my response on their site as well.
You do raise a good point, Dan, about time and by extension "new traditions". I don't think there is any one "correct" answer; you would probably have to try and please the majority in a case like this. Had there never been a war in Afghanistan, though, I think the answer would have been simpler for many - pick the name that was in use during the greatest trial. I've never really considered "time in rank" alone as a great qualifier for much of anything. They give medals for it, but you generally look at the other "stuff" - rank, trade, unit awards, PER, UER, courses, taskings, exercises, tours, etc. - to get the true picture of what those years have added up to in terms of experience. Six years of war with 10,000 soldiers rotating through a regiment's ranks is hard to compare to a peacetime Militia unit, who might soldier for 60 years with a nominal strength of 100 troops and cycle through that same 10,000 figure in that period of time.
But one hates to try and quantify and of that to begin with. I'd leave it to the regimental associations, senates, and serving soldiers to try and sort it out as best they can. At the end of the day, it's their family.