I sense a trend…
US life expectancy now 42nd among nations.
Hartford Courant journalist Helen UbiÃ±as on her thirteen years covering Hartford.
When I first got here, there was no shortage of powerhouse community groups, relentless activists who held city officials accountable, who expected more. No, demanded more.
Now, even when a grandmother is shot dead in the middle of the day, about the only person to register any outrage is the Rev. Henry Brown. And his protests usually attract a grand total of one.
But the bridge disaster also reflects a broader and more troubling problem. The United States seems to have become the superpower that can’t tie its own shoelaces. America is a nation of vast ingenuity and technological capabilities. Its bridges shouldn’t fall down.
The government is becoming hollowed-out, and increasingly unable to provide basic services and support. As mentioned yesterday, when a major hospital in L.A. closes after years of everyone trying to save it, then something has gone seriously wrong.