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Bridge Collapse Calls for Transportation Examination

Posted: 08/01/07 23:26

by Dave Mindeman

It is hard not to look at this bridge collapse tragedy and not think about the transportation battles that have gone on during the Pawlenty administration.

No accusations here, but isn't it time we took a hard look at infrastructure that has been neglected or patchworked for this entire decade?

How many reports are buried in the MNDOT files that indicate road conditions that are marginal, yet put off, to "save" money. Roads and bridges are unquestionably a government responsibility. Let's make sure that we are not trading safety for tax savings.

I have said it before and I will say it again, this time more urgently, it's time to pay for the roads.
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Blogs for....Which Norm Is That?

Category: Minnesota Politics
Posted: 07/31/07 17:22, Edited: 07/31/07 17:40

by Dave Mindeman

Just for fun, I took a look at Michael Brodkorb's "highly touted" sister site... BLOGS FOR NORM. Going back to February, I took a look at all the posts on the site, and came up with the following statistics:

Total Posts Since February......................228
Posts related to Coleman.........................89
Anti-(or related to) Franken Posts............101
Anti-(or related to) Ciresi Posts.................38

Looking strictly at the Coleman posts you will also find that of the 89 posts related to him, only 62 of them deal with policy issues.

Maybe it was just mis-named. Should have been Blogs Against the Other Guys.
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American Sacrifice

Category: US Politics
Posted: 07/31/07 12:22

by Tom Hammond

In the jungles of the South Pacific, young Americans gave their lives at Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal to protect America from Japanese aggression. There was good reason.

In Europe, on Omaha Beach, young Americans sacrificed their lives to protect us from the Nazi threat. There was good reason.

Today, in Iraq, young Americans are sacrificing their lives in 130 degree temperatures to protect the Iraqi government so they can take a month long vacation.

Does anyone know a good reason?
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