Your Opinion: Nation’s infrastructure falling apart
Friday, September 27, 2013
Excuse me, am I wrong, or have we been here before?
Your Sept. 16 edition listed the decrepit condition of the nation’s highways. That is only the tip of the iceberg.
For as long as I have been reading the annual report of the condition of the items that make our country livable, safe and attractive, not only to our citizens but to the world of commerce, we have yet to receive a passing grade.
In short, our nation’ s infrastructure is falling apart for lack of maintenance and improvements. Most economists agree that a country that does not invest in itself will not be competitive in the world’ s market place.
Perhaps ironically, the editorial cartoon in the same issue illustrates the public and political mindset of a large segment of the populous: let someone else pay for it.
Now the news toward the end of the same week announces that the congressional House has thrown the less fortunate among us under the corporate bus by curtailing food stamps.
Next up will be a “ government shutdown” over a new health plan that even the conservative Supreme Court has upheld.
It seems that we are now a nation embroiled in a not-so-civilized war based purely on ideological concepts. What happened to the concept that a house divided will not stand?
One must realize that there will always be at least two schools of thought, ideals and societal order, but this nation was founded on the premise that rational minds can find common ground; that all men a created equal and, through checks and balances, the tedious business of governing will work toward the ideal of the common good as expressed in the Preamble to our Constitution.
If this is what our modern society wants, “ my way or the highway”, the vision of America as expressed by A. Lincoln may indeed perish from the earth. It will be up to us, We the People to determine our fate next year as we approach the next general election.
If you care for his country more that for yourself, vote.