Readers share their memories: We can't forget

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  • Updated: August 1, 2008 - 7:29 PM

We asked our readers to share their memories of the day the bridge fell. Aug. 1, 2007 -- it is a date that many Minnesotans won't forget.

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BrittanicusAug. 1, 08 8:09 PM

Remember the I-35W Mississippi River bridge that collpsed in 2007. Thirteen people were killed and approximately one hundred more were injured. This is a prime example of money taxpayers are supporting illegal aliens, while our bridges and roads are falling apart. Taxpayers are subsidizing predatory employers and their profits by using illegal labor. No other country in the world, imports poverty like this nation. Then how about the huge taxpayer burden of supporting foreign wars, while other countries sit on the side line and offer no funding. Illegal Immigration has direct massive negative consequences on today's and yesterdays economy. It is all encompassing! Overpopulation, congestion, urban sprawl, pollution, environmental damage, diminishing resources, Diseases, lack of affordable housing, depressed wages of US citizens, underground economic, fraudulent documents, identity theft, predatory businesses tax evasion, soaring nationwide crime rate, increased taxpayer burdens, overcrowded schools, uneducated legal children, overcrowded prisons, inadequate health care, the balkanization of our communities and a large and growing population with loyalty to other Nations. Just read this disturbing revelation of costs, that our government skims from our paycheck to support the special interest lobby. (www.eagleforum.org/sources) When illegal aliens go to hospital for free; (www.townhall.com/columnists/AmandaCarpenter/2008/06/12/viral_video_on_immigration_costs ) The Federal SAVE ACT (H.R.4088) needs to be enacted by all corrupt politicians and you should read the uncensored facts at www.numbersusa.com

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dhlavacAug. 1, 08 9:03 PM

I cannot get over the myopic views expressed here. It seems that hundreds of anti-immigrant zealots are bound and determined to blame all of society's ills on immigrant laborers. Hey, it's worked for right-wingers throughout history, right? Reagan blamed the "evil empire" for the early 80s recession. Bush II blamed terrorists for the current recession. Even Hitler blamed the Jews for unemployment and inflation in post-WWI Germany. It makes more sense to make decision-makers accountable. Had MNDOT heeded warnings about corroding gusset plates...had Governor Pawlenty a.k.a. taxpayers league demagogue approved increased spending on infrastructure...had the electorate taken a broader view of government's role in society, rather than simply saying "hell no, we won't pay more," perhaps we wouldn't be having this discussion. There's plenty of blame to go around. But I guarantee the guy mowing lawns in Wayzata or washing windows in Downtown St. Paul for less than minimum wage is to blame for the bridge collapse.

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diggitydug3Aug. 2, 0812:29 AM

Its amazing how some people will use any tragedy to push there own political agenda. If you really want people to listen to what you have to say, try not to be so pathetic that you use every crisis to further your cause. The bridge collapse was terrible, so is the immigration problem. How can you realistically link the two? Grow up and learn when to just shut your mouth.

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baluchAug. 2, 08 8:15 AM

Rybak's little toy train that exports Minneapolis crack dealers to the MOA took BILLIONS away from needed infrastructure improvements. The liberals who are romantically ga ga over the Euro-Socialistic roundabouts, trains, green roofs, $50,000 water fountains and bike paths forget who pays the bills - taxpaying commuters who spend billions on gasoline that generates tax revenue for TRANSPORTATION ROUTES FOR THE MASSES, not idyllic trains to nowhere and bike paths for the people who generate no tax revenue to pay for them. The illegal aliens problem is another component - it saps tax dollars away from things that matter - like THE COMMON INFRASTRUCTURE. My appeal to outstate and suburban Minnesotans is to stop spending your hard earned dollars in the City Of Minneapolis, re-finance your loans with out of state lenders and purchase as many goods as you can outside of the core. When the flow of money and profitability stops in the liberal core, the liberalism will implode and government will shrink substantially, causing greater emphasis on cost savings and eliminating the pork barrel spending that they live off of. As far as the bridge victims go, I hope theY sue and are taken care of for the rest of their lives. My only hope of payback was dashed when the new bridge that held the politicians who gathered to give half-hearted, election-year-based speeches didn't collapse into the river and get swept away.

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maddog4680Aug. 2, 08 4:47 PM

Uhhh...how big were the deficits in the 1990's under the "liberals?" How big are the deficits today under the "conservatives?" Now, back to the bridge. That's what this forum is supposed to be about.

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radioleftAug. 3, 08 8:30 AM

If the bridge is open in time for the convention, it needs to be closed to all traffic for the Republican convention. Remind them that their neglect of domestic problems while lying our way into taking over Iraq killed people. Let their inconvenience be their way of showing respect for those people from Minnesota that they killed and injured.

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