I don’t mean to be cynical, but I thought it was rather comical that the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said that the collapse of the Skagit River Bridge north of Seattle is a “Wakeup call for the entire nation.” Really? What is this wakeup call supposed to do? It surely won’t result in the nation forking up the bucks to fix bridges. The I-35 Mississippi Bridge in Minneapolis collapsed on August 1, 2007 taking the lives of 13 people and injuring 145. The nation, that is Congress, didn’t wake up to anything at all, as far as I can see, even though the repair of our aging infrastructure just might provide a few jobs and save a few people.
Well, the cynic in me continues to grow. I don’t believe the death of children will lead to new gun laws either. We, as a nation, have short memories and shallow pockets. Our priorities are suspect. We have feelings of sadness over someone else’s misfortune, but, alas, these fizzle out quickly.