Letters to the Editor

Look to Republicans for disaster blame

The Minnesota bridge disaster is a prime example of Republican shortsightedness. To inspect bridges, the state needs money, and money comes from "taxes" — an expression that stands at the head of the Republican lexicon of sullied words, alongside "liberals," "activist judges," "choice" and "tax-and-spend Democrats." The latter phrase is true: We Democrats spend money on such things as bridge inspections.

Taxes are the dues we are required to pay in order to live in a free and safe society.

The Iraq war, apparently, is costing nothing. It is "off budget" so that the taxes collected from our grandchildren will pay that tab. But, that's then. This is now. A comforting thought for anyone not traveling a Minnesota bridge.

KATHERINE O'BRIEN

Turlock

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