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I had packed up my sign, was in my car and just starting to pull away from the curb when a tall husky blonde with a ponytail, about 30, drove up in her eggshell VW convertible.

She parked her car so she had me blocked in, locked her eyes on me, got out of her car, and stomped over toward my car, her hands curled into fists at her sides. 

Oh sh*t, I thought. Now what? 

With some apprehension, I rolled down my window (half way) and she said: "I just want to let you know that today is not the day to protest. I lost a co-worker that day!" (Presumably she was referring to Wednesday's bridge collapse). She continued: "Today is NOT the day to protest! I just wanted you to know that I am upset about this." 

I opened my mouth to say I was sorry about her co-worker and that I was out on the bridge holding a sign to hold those responsible for our safety accountable. I only got the "I'm" out and she talked over and through me. "This is not the day to protest. I just want you to know that."

Then she stomped back to her car and drove away. 

What does this mean?  

Because Bush was in town for a couple hours for photo ops, is today, Saturday, August 4, 2007,  "Our "day? Is it Minnesotans' day to gather together in a group hug for the TV cameras brought here by Bush's visit and publicly mourn those neighbors lost to a bridge collapsing? 

For some. For others it is another day to say: No more. 

I know why people died and were injured on Wednesday. It's because Americans continue to look the other way when our treasury and our children’s' futures are stolen to pay for immoral elective wars. They look the other way when Congress cuts taxes for the wealthiest, gives themselves pay raises, and lets our roads and bridges and schools and health and basic rights deteriorate before our very eyes. And do nothing.  

How do we make them see there is a direct correlation between bridges that fall and the war in Iraq? 

There were about 20 of us on the Lake Street bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul, which we have dubbed “the Peace Bridge.”  All of us were rejecting the policy failures in both the federal and state governments. A new guy about 40 came with colorful flagging and a roll of red caution tape and started to stretch it across the road in order to close it, but a couple of the bridge regulars told him to back off. They didn’t want any trouble. The new guy was a little miffed, his patience has been worn down to the bone, but he got over it and stayed. At 11:40 a.m., three helicopters, one most likely carrying his eminence, flew over us on the way to the airport.  

If not today, when do we stop letting the crooks off the hook? When more of us speak up after every disaster, every theft, every attack on another country, they'll stop killing us slowly.

Bridge of Silence 

 

Kathlyn Stone is a Minnesota-based writer covering science and medicine, health care and related policies.-She publishes www.fleshandstone.net, a health and science news site.

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It's because Americans continue to look the ot... by Wulf on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 3:23:35 PM
of it, and we've borrowed billions from C... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 3:47:19 PM
Kathlyn, of course you are correct.  And... by Mark A. Goldman on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 4:06:40 PM
It is like waiting for the scales to fall from the... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 4:40:05 PM
 Kathlyn, under the Bush administration non-d... by Wulf on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 7:00:25 PM
I don't know how we can match the massive mega... by John R Moffett on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 5:42:09 PM
at stake. I like the way you stated that.Things ar... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 8:38:08 PM
You are making a great argument. It is the same on... by Georgianne Nienaber on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 6:40:01 PM
As a former "outstater," I am glad you s... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 8:45:01 PM
Thanks...but you know, the good people of Crow Win... by Georgianne Nienaber on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 10:27:47 PM
Unfortunately, it's not the "good people&... by Sandy Sand on Sunday, Aug 5, 2007 at 12:43:54 PM
Far kinder than I would be if that had happened in... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 6:41:20 PM
As people look into how this could have happened, ... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 8:19:04 PM
Near as I can tell, this chart is fairly objective... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 7:23:49 PM
Thanks, Daniel. Half a trillion spent on the wars ... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 9:06:46 PM
Thanks for the fine article!JUST STOP BUYING STUFF... by joed on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 7:40:26 PM
I know of individuals and groups calling for ... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 8:52:48 PM
Sorry to hear that.  i guess your right; ther... by joed on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 8:59:43 PM
and will continue. The problem is -- it's alwa... by Kathlyn Stone on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 9:11:55 PM
you americans are in a very serious situation and ... by joed on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 10:02:52 PM
For what it is worth, I think YOU were right. I t... by Brett Paatsch on Saturday, Aug 4, 2007 at 11:29:42 PM
I murdered and robbed that guy -- but see he was i... by Blue Pilgrim on Sunday, Aug 5, 2007 at 12:01:53 AM
Passivity and political correctness enabled the ri... by Kathlyn Stone on Sunday, Aug 5, 2007 at 11:19:52 AM
Everybody knows that the dice are loadedEverybody ... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Aug 5, 2007 at 8:30:26 AM
IMO. Thanks. ... by Kathlyn Stone on Monday, Aug 6, 2007 at 7:37:57 AM