Fix The Bridge

Shortly after Sen. Ted Kennedy died, it was disclosed that the Commonwealth's new senior Senator, John Kerry, requested a $20 million earmark to fund the Edward Kennedy Institute on the University of Massachusetts campus. Without debating the request's propriety, or that of earmarks generally, I propose a far more fitting tribute, one that both honors an event which Sen. Kennedy himself said "haunts me every night" and, strictly coincidentally, also honors a dead young woman in this season of powerful men not giving a flying f**k how they treat innocent girls.

Rebuild Dyke Bridge so no one can ever, drunk or not, careen off the side into 15 feet of water. Rename it the Mary Jo Kopechne Memorial Bridge.

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