NTSB members agree: Politics didn't torpedo I-35W bridge hearing

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 29, 2008 - 7:26 AM

They split along party lines, but members of the National Transportation Safety Board are united in their view that partisan politics had nothing to do with the board's decision to forgo a public hearing on the Interstate 35W bridge collapse.

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nieswaxMar. 28, 08 9:28 PM

Wow. I am ashamed to be a Minnesotan. Why is the DFL so pathetic? And why can't they wait for the facts to come out then try and make a logical decision on how to make sure this does not happen again. Are Democrats so pathetic that they will try and pin this on Pawlenty no matter what, must be the same people who defend the murderer "Sarah Jane Olsen".

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twirwinMar. 28, 08 9:37 PM

They have no shame. ANY excuse to raise taxes is good in their mind. They have no solutions to any problem that doesn't involve higher taxes and bigger government. Oberstar's been part of the problem in DC for years. Isn't it time for him to leave?

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mmcinteeMar. 29, 0812:02 AM

Rosenker wrote in a letter to Oberstar: "It was not my intent to characterize this single conclusion as the possible probable cause determination of the Board." Read about it here:

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mmcinteeMar. 29, 0812:05 AM

Oops... hit the post button too soon. Here's the url for more on Rosenker's retraction that Kevin Diaz neglected to mention: http://insideminnesotapolitics.blogspot.com/2008/01/ntsb-chair-backs-off-assertion-that.html

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hayseedismMar. 29, 0812:55 AM

They're so worried that a hearing might reveal facts that don't fit the conclusion they've already reached.

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ReggieJamesMar. 29, 08 3:30 AM

Open meetings mean open government. Do like the teachers say; show your thought process.

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HoneyDogMar. 29, 08 3:35 AM

The NTSB made a comment once and it wasn't one Oberstar liked, so he had a temper tantrum and told the NTSB to retract their statement. He's blaming Republicans before the dust even settled. Oberstar is displaying partisan politics at its worst.

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lexlugerMar. 29, 08 7:47 AM

Check's in the mail, I'll love you in the morning, and Iraq has weapons of mass destruction. I don't believe jack from anyone in Washington, GOP or DFL. Trust but verify is the best I can recommend

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mutt10RMar. 29, 08 8:01 AM

Lots of fanfare for the 'design flaw' press conference, but the retraction is a footnote buried in the back pages. Now, why do you suppose that happened? And now, they're working hard to find a way to spin the four year old photos of buckling gusset plates. That's probably why they don't want to 'show their thought process.'

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spicermMar. 29, 0810:21 AM

What else would you expect from the least transparent administration in our history?

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