02
Aug 07

Years of neglect

Since this is front page news in the London Times and the New York Times there isn’t a lot I can say to illuminate. Here is a ink to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s slide show. One of their photographers,Jeff Wheeler, is part of our block club. We’ve been watching TV for about four hours now and we’re drained.

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02
Aug 07

Incremental Terrorism

HI All … Yes, the gov and Norm Coleman showed a unified front even as they spoke in separate news conferences. They even used the identical phrase when speaking of the victims and their families “who were impacted.”

But even more painful than their horrendous choice of language is their insistence on methodically eroding the quality of life in this state (to echo what Patrick said about the neglect, the cuts).   Continue reading “Incremental Terrorism” »


02
Aug 07

Four Point Six Miles

According to Google Maps we are 4.6 miles away from the east bank anchor of the I-35W bridge. It is not a structure we use very much because the natural alternative routes are the more logical way to go. A friend called from California and was concerned about some friends who live straight south of us in Saint Paul. She hadn’t been able to reach them.  Continue reading “Four Point Six Miles” »


01
Aug 07

The Collapse of I-35W Bridge

If you turn on your news about now you will learn that Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River which carries more than 100,000 cars a day has collapsed in its entirety during the tail end of rush hour. All fire-rescue departments in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are being asked to go to the scene. National Guard helicopters on the scene. Emergency helicopters evacuating injured. News helicopters asked to leave the scene. Cell phone system is overwhelmed and customers are being asked to not use their cell phones if possible. This is about 15 minutes by car from our house. We can hear sirens of vehicles rushing to scene. This occurred at 6:01 pm.   Continue reading “The Collapse of I-35W Bridge” »