Building for the future

Two themes running through much of the news these days are the economic downturn and how it is affecting all of us and the crumbling environment in which we live. As the government in Washington works on a stimulus package to get our economy going, surely they should try to align it with the need for infrastructure repair throughout the country. In the NY Times this morning, Bob Herbert points out that Americans are dying because of the lack of maintenance in things like the levees in New Orleans and a bridge in Minneapolis. Here in San Francisco, there is high awareness of the fragility of our buildings, roads, bridges and water systems, but not enough has been done. We, as private citizens and community groups must keep reminding our legislators at all levels–local, state and federal–that we would be willing to support bond issues and increased taxes to ensure the future for ourselves and our children. Let them hear from you soon.

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