After long wait, state has relief for 35W victims

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 2, 2008 - 11:23 PM

The fund caps claims at $400,000 but provides more for extraordinary losses.

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CVO103May. 2, 08 1:17 PM

Over $200,000 was recently stolen from my business through a check forgery scheme...since our clueless legislature continues to pass out tax-payer money like it's growing on trees, maybe I can get this "Minnesota Nice" state to compensate me for my loss as well. The bridge victims experienced a terrible tragedy, and I am not trying deny their pain, suffering and loss. But our spineless governmental leaders just instituted a very dangerous and slippery slope. Where do you draw the line now? Why do tragedies always have to be someone else's fault? It was an accident people...and that is why you purchase insurance!

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kdsullivanMay. 2, 08 1:31 PM

As unfortunate as this event is, can someone please explain why the government is responsible for being the safety net for the underinsured? Isn't that why many of us purchase short-term and long-term disability and life insurance for?

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kitkat231May. 2, 08 1:34 PM

THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT? IN OTHER WORDS, YOU SAY THE COLLAPSE WAS NON-AVOIDABLE? YOU HAVE NO CLUE THE EFFECTS IT HAS HAD ON PEOPLES LIVES..AND THE FACT THE IT WAS 100% AVOIDABLE BY THE GOVERNMENT IS THE 100% REASON THESE VISTIMS DESERVE COMPENSATION. "DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME"...YOU NEED TO THINK AGAIN AND QUIT BEING SELF-CENTERED AND IGNORANT.

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rowena32May. 2, 08 1:44 PM

Govt. built this bridge so govt. is at least partially responsible for the collapse since it wasn't properly maintained. Victims insurance won't cover all their needs. If you are upset about these payouts wait until the Vikes and Zygi Wilf get their hundreds of millions free from the taxpayer. They will get many no's for a new stadium and when the one yes comes along ka-ching for Zygi Wilf. He wins we lose. Just a matter of time.

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bonesheenMay. 2, 08 2:00 PM

A complicated situation, but when you drive over a bridge that the gov't put up, you have the right to expect you will get accross. The negligence that allowed the bridge to be in such poor shape needs to be acknowledged, and the victims compensated. Many lost family that day. Try to remember that as you comment.

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flagstoneMay. 2, 08 2:06 PM

I doubt very much a government agency built the bridge. It was almost certainly a contracted job. Even the maintenance might have been contracted. But the victim mentality runs deep, and most people are far more emotional than logical, so expect this trend (which began with paying 9/11 victims) to continue. Whenever most people get hurt now, regardless of circumstance, they expect somebody to be there with a bag of money. Want to put a stop to it? Vote every last incumbent out of office. If things don't change, vote them all out again. At some point they might get the message and start examining the use of our tax money as diligently as they do their own money.

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willmik1May. 2, 08 2:59 PM

the families of the kids kiled in the stupid war in Iraq and Afghanistan got that kind of money. Or better yet as much as the families of those killed in the Trade Towers, the Pentagon and the field in Pa.

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CVO103May. 2, 08 3:30 PM

I am so sick of liberal socialists calling me "selfish" or "self-centered" when all I'm trying to do is look out for the taxpayer. I have no problem paying taxes, but I do have a problem paying more than is necessary due to government waste and inefficiency. You liberals want to govern on the foundation of emotion and fairness, and people like me want to govern on the basis of simple business principles. Big difference. The government IS NOT the answer to your financial or healthcare problems. That is what family and charities are for. The problem is people are trying to replace the wonderful work of charities with government policy...and that is simply a recipe for financial disaster. And don't you DARE call me self-centered until you are willing to show me how much money your bleeding-heart actually contributed to charities. I don't make a lot of money, but I am proud of the $12,000+ that I donated to charities in 2007 (above and beyond all taxes that I paid). If you can top that, then we can have a discussion about selfishness all day long. If you can't, then shut your mouth because you don't know what you're talking about.

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BudweisercsMay. 2, 08 3:39 PM

You slid out of control on an icy road at 2am and have an accident, the road should have been salted? My sewer backed up after a huge downpour, the sewer system should have prevented this? I get mugged and shot by a thug, the police/courts should have prevented this? Where do we draw the line?

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bitwiz50May. 2, 08 5:35 PM

Budweisercs is right on. Drive on the roads at your own risk. Otherwise, keep your car parked in your garage. There are no guarantees!

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