Congressman Cravaack: Put the brakes on rail line

  • Article by: CHIP CRAVAACK
  • Updated: October 18, 2011 - 9:22 PM

Minnesota has 'structurally deficient' bridges and other needs. First things first.

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redwing56Oct. 18, 11 9:29 PM

I guess he forgot who made that "Minnesota has 'structurally deficient' bridges and other needs. First things first.", it is his party who wants less taxes so that the bridges could be fixed.

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ironman1Oct. 18, 11 9:35 PM

We need a new representative in the 8th. Chip doesn't have the vision needed.

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nevOct. 18, 11 9:36 PM

You are probably right on this one, Chip! But you and your tea party friends will never get a vote from me regardless!

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SupervonOct. 18, 11 9:37 PM

Face it. He's right. We're building light rail to nowhere while waiting for the next bridge to go down. Liberal answer? Wait for it to go down and blame it on somebody else.

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tjug685Oct. 18, 11 9:51 PM

Chip - What an asinine analysis. So you take the total amount spent on MATERIALS + LABOR + FREIGHT + EVERYTHING ELSE NEEDED FOR BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE and you divide it by the # of jobs created, and conclude that each job cost that much? So if $500 billion were spent on materials, and $219 billion on labor, then suddenly each job cost much less than you contend. I don't know the actual numbers, but then again, I'm not a US Congressman contributing to a newspaper. Boy, did those folks up in Duluth make a mistake when they voted out Oberstar.

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johnnyg08Oct. 18, 11 9:53 PM

The bridges are fine. Scare us into dropping hundreds of millions of dollars that really are going to be okay...didn't the 35W bridge collapse because they were stacking their construction equipment on it? Solution: don't stack tons of equipment on a bridge. Save $millions$

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rvd420Oct. 18, 11 9:57 PM

Until Cravaack lives in MN full time instead out of state with his wife and family I can't in good conscience take anything he says about what should be done in MN seriously. After he moves back full time, and gets his sleep apnea treated so he can stop getting a big fat disability check from the airline union then I will take him seriously.

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dlhoff16Oct. 18, 11 9:59 PM

Well, Mr. Craavak, if creating jobs is the number one priority for this country, then where is your jobs bill? It's easy to sit back and say no to everyone else's plans, but when will you and your party actually start governing? We out here in the real world are sick and tired of your party's unpatriotic obstructionism and political gamesmanship. Times are tough and people are hurting. This isn't a game.

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etwansherlewOct. 18, 1110:04 PM

Last time I checked using a bicycle was a valid form of transportation, so I'm not sure why Mr. Cravaack is complaining about the Sabo Bridge (it's apparent that's what he is referring to). In fact, the wikipedia entry for transport has a very prominent section on human-powered transport: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport. The automobile hegemonic bias is a really tired stance. Why wouldn't you embrace the positive aspects of this state, like public transportation and bike trails (with those silly bridges). Afterall, these are the features that get Minnesota high ratings in polls related to quality of life. It's funny to hear a Republican complaining about problematic bridges now. Patching up stuff might get a politician reelected, but planning and implementing infrastructure that will see us into the future will be the real engine for growth.

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etwansherlewOct. 18, 1110:06 PM

Last time I checked using a bicycle was a valid form of transportation, so I'm not sure why Mr. Cravaack is complaining about the Sabo Bridge (it's apparent that's what he is referring to). In fact, the wikipedia entry for transport has a very prominent section on human-powered transport: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport. The automobile hegemonic bias is a really tired stance. Why wouldn't you embrace the positive aspects of this state, like public transportation and bike trails (with those silly bridges). Afterall, these are the features that get Minnesota high ratings in polls related to quality of life. It's funny to hear a Republican complaining about problematic bridges now. Patching up stuff might get a politician reelected, but planning and implementing infrastructure that will see us into the future will be the real engine for growth.

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