Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Casualties of War

Sudden, violent and unexpected death is horrifying under any circumstances, but the wall-to-wall coverage tonight of the bridge collapse in Minneapolis prompts reflection on the kind of people we have become.

The casualties seem to be far fewer than those in the equally horrifying bombings in far-off Baghdad today, and as we wonder about the safety of thousands of aging structures all over the U.S., there is a connection.

How much safer would we be if some of those billions of dollars underwriting the carnage in Iraq had been devoted to modernizing our aging infrastructure at home?

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