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Ltrs to Ed: The Bridge to Nowhere
Thank you for sending this. Excellent topics and insights.
Tom Coburn was great at trying to curtail govt spending. But the Bridge to Nowhere example is a poor one, and, further, it highlights the ignorance of Congress. I say this as one who has been to Alaska multiple years.
The point was that the bridge only went out to an island that had fifty inhabitants. But of course…the mountains and glaciers along the lower west coast of Alaska don’t have enough room for runways. They are therefore on small islands very close to the main towns . With no bridge (not to “nowhere”… that is an insult), it is necessary to ferry 360,000 people a year from the town to the airport.
Karl Stecher, M.D.
Dear Doctor Karl:
Medical Myths originate when someone else pays the bills.
Myths disappear when the public pays directly.
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