[Guido van Rossum]
+1 on (e.g.) a text module. -1 on reusing the string module.
_A_ text module is OK. But please, avoid naming such a module "text". Coming to Python, I had to loose the habit of naming the usual string work-variable "string", because it would conflict with the module name. (Some use `s', but this is more close to algebra than programming, as for programming, clear names are usually better.) So, I have tons of programs and scripts using "text" instead for the usual string work-variable. It would be a pain having to revise this all, making room for "import text".