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President Calls for Investment in Infrastructure

Saint Paul, Minnesota is far from a whistle stop. But its newly renovated Union Depot train station (http://www.uniondepot.org) was the setting for President Obama’s speech on February 26, proposing a $302 billion four-year plan to raise money for the Highway...

The Temple of the Neon Sombrero

My husband has a childhood memory of riding past a series of the last remaining Burma Shave “jingle” signs, commercial icons which dotted the American landscape in the early to mid twentieth century. (See http://burma-shave.org/jingles/) At a time when traffic was...

Keystone XL and the Future of Foreign Oil

The Oxford Dictionary defines “aquifer” as “a layer of rock or soil able to hold or transmit much water.” For the Ogallala Aquifer, this is an understatement. With a capacity near that of Lake Huron, the Ogallala Aquifer stretches from South Dakota to Texas, giving...

Jim Oberstar, Dead at 79

Former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Jim Oberstar passed away unexpectedly in his sleep, on May 3 at age 79. Oberstar helped pass key federal legislation, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. “Jim will be...