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Third World without the charm

August 15, 2007

Re "Bush: No tax hike for bridges," Aug. 10

Federal officials deem more than 73,000 U.S. bridges to be structurally deficient. Many are in need of repair or replacement. The consequences of the "starve the beast" mentality that has dominated the Republican Party since the Reagan era have never been clearer or more urgent. Raise the gas tax, if necessary, but fix the bridges.

Len Gardner

Laguna Woods


You can't help but get the feeling that this place is falling apart. It seems like the United States is turning into a Third World country without the charm or bargain travel prices.

Marty Schoen


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