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1 Semi driver crushes antique bridge, with GPS to blame
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | May 18th, 2017

Last Friday, a semi-trailer carrying grain and weighing 30 tons headed onto the Daleys Bridge on the Upper Iowa River, east of Cresco. And squished it. This should not have come as a complete surprise to the unnamed driver because the 100-year-old bridge had a posted weight limit of three tons, excluding any vehicle heavier than a full-sized pickup. The driver presumably saw the warning sign, but explained to authorities that he was only following the directions on his GPS. (Lucky for him, his GPS didn't tell him to drive into the Pacific Ocean.) Estimates for the repair are expected to be in the range of $900,000.
   
2 Before making policy decision, ask 'What would Jackson do?'
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | May 11th, 2017

Donald Trump's hero is our seventh president, Andrew Jackson. Not that he knows much about Old Hickory, but he seems to like the cut of his jib (if he knew what a jib was) and feels they are somehow kindred spirits. On Monday, in an interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito, Trump went off on a tangent saying Jackson had been "really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said, 'There's no reason for this.'"
   
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