Instead of Bridge to Nowhere,
Bridge to Relief
By Doug Barry
September 03, 2005
We now know that lawmakers and
bureaucrats in Washington slashed funds and turned down requests
from FEMA, Louisiana and New Orleans to strengthen the levee
system there. The warnings have been out for years and were
ignored. It's absolutely appalling that, instead, representatives
like Don Young spend so much time and energy strong-arming funding
for projects that DON'T make very much sense such as the one
that Democrats and Republicans alike have dubbed "The Bridge
to Nowhere". Ketchikan and Young have become the butt of
constant jokes, except no one is laughing anymore.
Don Young, Alaska and Ketchikan
could do something incredibly good for the relief effort for
those hard hit Gulf Coast states -- divert the bridge funding
to saving and rebuilding real lives. At least it would be a
bridge to somewhere.
If that's just not an option,
then when a new town is built on Gravina Island someday in the
distant future, for godssake it better actually be named "Nowhere",
because then it will have finally have some useful meaning.
Sammamish, WA - USA
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