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home : opinion : opinion August 29, 2014

6/24/2013 1:45:00 PM
Publisher's Column Infrastructure deterioration is apparent during whirlwind trip to Denver

We took a couple days off this past week for a quick visit to see Emmett James, our youngest grandchild, in Denver. We left Thursday morning and got back about 2 a.m. Sunday and spent more time driving than doing anything else-giving us a chance to see how badly our nation's infrastructure has gotten after decades of neglect.

Our parents and grandparents built a national transportation system that allowed us to become the most productive nation in the history of the world. While they were paying the taxes to build it, they were also paying the taxes to pay off the cost of World War 2. Then they funded the space race with taxes to build the most incredible technological economy in the history of the world.

It is unfortunate that too many of us in the generations born during and after World War 2 view that amazing infrastructure for transportation, energy, technology and education as an entitlement.

It is unfortunate that too many of us view contributing toward the maintenance and improvement of the infrastructure our parents and grandparents built, to give us the quality of life we have enjoyed throughout our lifetimes, as an unreasonable taking of our personal property and right to conspicuously consume.

I wonder if our grandchildren will think us great.

Larry Dobson


Claremont Service




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