MEMPHIS, Tenn. — To the shock of nobody, the shutdown of the I-40 Bridge throughout the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis has turn out to be nationwide information. And, in fact, anytime there’s nationwide consideration available, politicians will likely be someplace shut by.
Take for instance Tennessee’s junior senator Invoice Hagerty. This weekend, he fired off a letter to President Biden demanding rapid motion by the administration to repair a serious crack in one of many horizontal beams. The crack was found throughout a routine inspection final week. Hagerty mentioned he was annoyed by the president’s lack of urgency in getting site visitors transferring once more throughout the 48-year-old span.
I’m not conscious that Hagerty despatched comparable letters to Tennessee Governor Invoice Lee or Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. Their respective state Departments of Transportation are immediately accountable for inspection and upkeep of the bridge. However the governors, like Hagerty, are Republicans. So the apparent political transfer is to slam the Democratic president.
This is likely one of the detrimental issues about politics. The information are that Hagerty strongly opposes Biden’s huge infrastructure plans. And till now, the senator has not proven a lot curiosity in what’s occurring in Memphis.
There’s room for political involvement on this difficulty. Elected leaders ought to do all the pieces essential to insure that the sources can be found to make the repairs. So what we actually want is extra cooperation – and fewer sniping. And that’s my viewpoint.