• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.
Opening Arguments

Old and getting older

What we had better learn from the Minneapolis bridge collapse, from Popular Mechanics:

The fact is that Americans have been squandering the infrastructure legacy bequeathed to us by earlier generations. Like the spoiled offspring of well-off parents, we behave as though we have no idea what is required to sustain the quality of our daily lives. Our electricity comes to us via a decades-old system of power generators, transformers and transmission lines—a system that has utility executives holding their collective breath on every hot day in July and August. We once had a transportation system that was the envy of the world. Now we are better known for our congested highways, second-rate ports, third-rate passenger trains and a primitive air traffic control system. Many of the great public works projects of the 20th century—dams and canal locks, bridges and tunnels, aquifers and aqueducts, and even the Eisenhower interstate highway system—are at or beyond their designed life span.

Maybe if we convinced public officials it was necessary for economic development, they would pay more attention to infrastructure.

Posted in: All about me


Barry Wiggins
Fri, 08/03/2007 - 9:41am

Okay, not to keep playing the same tune over & over, but here's a link to Steve Sailer's interesting little discussion of the impact of an increasing population--largely driven by immigration--on our aging infrastructure. Obviously the increased population isn't to blame for all of our troubles, but it does play a significant role.


Bob G.
Fri, 08/03/2007 - 9:47am

"Maybe if we convinced public officials it was necessary for economic development, they would pay more attention to infrastructure."

Cripes Leo...that makes TOO much sense...what were you thinking???

Barry brings up a good point, and I also feel that many of the "old guard" that knew HOW to build are passing away, and no one has "taken up the banner" to follow in their footsteps.

That just might be a product of our changing from a manufacturing society to one of information gathering and customer service. We're reaping what we have "sown" it seems.


Fri, 08/03/2007 - 10:18am

Maybe if we convinced wingnuts that taxation isn't an unmitigated evil, politicians would quit trying to govern on the cheap by letting our infrastructure go to hell.

tim zank
Fri, 08/03/2007 - 12:43pm

Alex, how do you figure they govern on the cheap? The only answer our elected morons have is to throw money at everything. We collect plenty of taxes to pay for everything we would ever need, twice, it's the gazillions spent on stoopid sh*t that that allows the important projects to fall by the wayside. Like Stevens' bridge to nowhere...perfect example....he should be drawn & quartered with about 80 % of his brethren on BOTH sides of the aisle.

Money we've got, it's common sense and brains we're lacking.

Craig Ladwig
Mon, 08/06/2007 - 9:24pm

Since when have politicians been interested in economic development? They have been interested, rather, in collecting power and influence in the name of economic development. Now, absent a principled judiciary, they will merely shift to collecting power and influence in the name of infrastructure.

Leo Morris
Mon, 08/06/2007 - 10:56pm

". . . they will merely shift to collecting power and influence in the name of infrastructure." Exactly.

The point is not, as Alex says, that "wingnuts" are aginst taxation, but that we are taxed to death and have our money wasted. In Fort Wayne, we have Harrison Square and a multimillion dollar need to upgrade our sewers. Fort Wayne Community Schools diverted its yearly building maintenance money to racial balance, then tried to hit us with a $500 million bond issue to repair long-neglected buildings. Minnesota built up a budget surplus, as many states have, while neglecting basic infrastructure and somehow finding the money to build a new sports stadium.

Don't keep taking my money and frittering it away, then try to make me feel guilty when I don't want to give you more money to take care of things you ignored that you should have been paying attention to.

Bob G.
Tue, 08/07/2007 - 9:51am

And remember...it IS all about SPORTS!