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Other countries’ bridges are far superior to ours

My husband and I just returned from a three-month immersion trip in Southeast Asia. With these countries’ wonderful cultures and fascinating lifestyles – including long, long histories with great crises, wars and oppression – one of our most common observations was the amazing bridges.

Vietnam, recently recovering from our horrible war there, has hundreds of beautiful suspension and other well-designed bridges. So do Cambodia, Japan, India, Thailand and most of the other countries in the area. These bridges are not only aesthetically appealing, they provide excellent transportation.

We kept commenting to each other as to why on earth our region can’t even decide on one Peace Bridge. Something is wrong with our “oh-so-sophisticated” Western culture.

Ginger B. Maiman

Buffalo