What a contrast:
On “60 Minutes” last night, the American treasure that is David McCullough was lamenting our nation’s illiteracy in our own history and waxing rhapsodic about the courageous construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in the 1880s, saying the structure would stand forever if we truly value and honor our past.
Then, in this newspaper today, Little Rock’s Broadway Bridge, a half-century younger, is getting called “functionally obsolete,” and County Judge Buddy Villines is saying we can make this blasted cheap new bridge we’re hell-bent on building a special structure by lathering it up with red, white and blue paint to look like some cheap carnival ride.
Villines, failed protector of our public water supply, says we don’t have the money to do anything nice, but that paint is inexpensive.
Honor our veterans? Seriously? He wants to “honor” our veterans with tacky?
I am pretty sure our fathers and grandfathers were not wallowing in mud and worse on Okinawa so that Little Rock could showcase tastelessness.
Functionally obsolete? What the heck? I’ll go down three right now and drive across the Broadway Bridge. That does not make it functionally obsolete. It makes it functional.
It doesn’t have a bike path or a wide pedestrian walkway. So go to one of those “dam” bridges or down by the Clint on Library if you’re hell-bent on biking across.
The Broadway Bridge is safe. It needs some restorative work within a decade. So send a couple of guys down there with some caulk.
That’s cheaper than a new bridge. And it’s not garish or tacky or red or white or blue. And it keeps us in touch with our heritage.