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Letter: Meuser absolutely wrong on bridge disaster funding

Editor:

When the Federal Highway Administration announced it would make $60 million available immediately to be used as a down payment toward initial costs of the cleanup of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser insisted that the federal government should not pay for rebuilding after the bridge collapse, (“Meuser says it’s ‘outrageous’ to use federal money for fix,” Reading Eagle, March 30).

This port of Baltimore and the bridge were essential for trade across the country and provided relief from overflows on highways in the region. The bridge allowed transportation of thousands of commuters daily.

Meuser, a Luzerne County Republican who represents part of Berks County, wants the owner of the vessel to pay, but that will not be forthcoming.

Singapore-based Grace Ocean Private Ltd. owns the Dali, the vessel that lost power before it slammed into the bridge. The company wants to cap its liability at roughly $43.6 million.

When a bridge in Minneapolis crossing the Mississippi River suddenly collapsed in 2007, Congress passed funding to rebuild it in days, and President George W. Bush signed the measure into law within a week of the accident.

What is outrageous is not that the federal government is springing into action, but that he would rather wait for someone else to pay.

Joanne Z. Kosloski
South Heidelberg Township


Source: Berkshire mont

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