A call to action amid technicians
June 2, 2009

The state of the nation's infrastructure has probably received more attention as a result of the ARRA ("economic stimulus") package than at any time since the water industry boom of the 1970s. Yet most of what the public appears to know is that the "stimulus" money is being spent in order to increase the number of construction jobs. A real technical understanding of the atrocious state of the nation's civil infrastructure is almost completely lacking. At least one writer thinks we can trace the disjoint between the technology that makes modern life possible and a real understanding of that technology to the failure to make technology a cornerstone of a "liberal arts" education -- and the failure of technical-minded folks like engineers to speak up in the political sphere. The piece is decidedly worth the read.

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