Thursday, May 23, 2013
Our crumbling infrastructure is the real scandal
I realize that our politicians, corporate masters, and punditocracy is too busy navel-gazing to notice, but I'd say the fact our leaders would let things deteriorate to the point that a major interstate freeway bridge just collapsed this evening is the real scandal. No casualties reported as I type this, but it is likely that there will be some. Bridges in the state of Washington, including the one in question, are in bad shape. That C- grade the state's bridges received this year is not a "passing" grade. It's not just Washington. We've experienced Interstate bridges collapse in Minnesota and Oklahoma in recent years. That should be cause for concern, and it would seem, if we were dealing with sane people in leadership, prudent to - oh, I don't know - spend some serious money to repair and renovate our crumbling infrastructure before it deteriorates further.