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Sunday, August 05, 2007

The Disconnect In Local Government

The Can't-Do Nation By John McQuaid The Washington Post Sunday, August 5, 2007
"And it's not just bridges."

What does building a better life after a tragedy have to do with the trauma the person is going through at that time? Who tells a person that they must do a better job of living when they just suffered a horrific experience? Who does that?

Of course, you guessed it....bush did. One of the cruelest things I can imagine, is someone telling another person suck it up, get on with life, be a better person just days after the 35W bridge collapsed. As though that person did something bad to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This kind of statement especially, from a president who is apparently disconnected from his reality, caught my attention yesterday. Who talks that way? Most likely someone who believes they have risen above simple man.

The 35W bridge went down in seconds. Yes, better inspection practices are in order, but it is truly the preventative phase that is critical. Which would in turn assist the inspection team to identify dangerous flaws, take action to protect the public and repair those said flaws, well before a tragic collapse.

It starts with the professionals hired to keep the infrastructure stable. It begins with a healthy governing body to actually have instilled within them, the interest and the critical thinking skills to do preventative governance on a local level.

Public officials are elected to be the eyes and ears of the public. To tell us what we need to be aware of, to be forth right with the reality of a situation, to help the citizenry to grow and cultivate healthy communities.

A bridge to 'Somewhere' fell down and with it went the life of a person, a person who was part of a community. Now a community sick at heart, not healthy, not happy, not at peace.

I may have not known the people who died, but I knew the bridge we shared.

Inspections Note Significant Flaws, But Officials Call Area Bridges Safe By Michael Laris Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, August 5, 2007 "Any bridge would be closed immediately if inspections turned up an indication of imminent danger, officials said."

Victims Created From A Long Lapse of Reasoning Sunday, August 05, 2007 "Many street people (including our homeless Veteran's) are stationed with their signs"

Hey...Could You Smile and Joke Later? Sunday, August 05, 2007 "I don't recall what seems to be friendly fun reunions taking place while standing on the ground of some disaster."

Always Responding, Never Preventing Saturday, August 04, 2007 "We can't continue to run on local crisis fumes"

Minnesota Officials No Free Pass - You Are FIRED! by awakening Saturday, August 04, 2007
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