March 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
- Good morning and welcome to March and our Lenten Journey.
- Ash Wednesday Mass today at 8:00am.
- Mass on Friday followed by Town Hall and please get Cris your SK names by Thursday.
- Minimum Day staff meeting on Friday at 12:30.
- Here’s Part II of a fascinating piece entitled “Tell Me Where It Hurts” by Atul Gawande in The New Yorker, January 23, 2017(or How is primary care medicine like classroom teaching?): Gawande goes on to describe another situation involving incremental versus heroic intervention. In December 1967, a critical link in the chain-suspension system of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River snapped with a loud bang. In less than a minute, most of the 2,235-foot span supporting 75 vehicles fell into the river 80 feet below, killing 46 people and injuring dozens more. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board revealed that corrosion on the 1928 bridge, combined with the fact that it was designed to handle Model T traffic, was responsible for the collapse. Up to that point, occasional disasters like this had been regarded as random and unavoidable. Now people realized they could be prevented by periodic inspections and repairs – and that applied to all 600,000 bridges around the country.
But despite what was learned from the Silver Bridge disaster, not nearly enough resources were put into inspection and repair in the years that followed. As a result, there are still almost 150,000 problem bridges in the U.S., and several collapse every year, sometimes causing loss of life. “Based on the lack of public response, structural engineers have judged this to be ‘in the tolerable range,’” says Gawande. More funds go to rescue operations and to building new bridges, and “It’s obvious why,” he says. “Construction produces immediate and visible success; maintenance doesn’t. Does anyone reward politicians for a bridge that doesn’t crumble?” The same situation exists with dams, levees, roads, sewers, and water systems – and not just in the U.S.: “Governments everywhere tend to drastically undervalue incrementalism and overvalue heroism.”
- New Principal’s meeting tomorrow at the Diocese.
- Enjoy this day and God bless you.PRINCIPAL’S DAILY