OPINION: Digging out a solution

Teddy Locsin Jr.

Posted at Mar 23 2017 12:38 AM

Out of the blue, says Yahoo, came a tweet out of Twitter—the platform of leadership in the swift short sharp world of today. 

“Exciting progress on the tunnel front; plan to start digging in a month or so,” went a recent tweet from American billionaire and tech innovator Elon Musk. Goodbye grand long speeches, hello short tweet. Less is more and safer than the long rambling speech. 

Elon musk revealed that he already dug “a test trench” that is 30 feet wide, 50 feet long and 15 feet deep at Space X headquarters in Los Angeles. 

“Traffic was driving me nuts,” he said and the only solution is to dig a tunnel under the tangle of the highways and skyways of sprawling L.A.

But the problem is the speed of solution. 

There are many solutions to traffic problems but all of them take time; and they cause more traffic while under construction. So said Musk, “Am going to build a tunnel-boring machine and just start digging”—with improved tunneling speed at “somewhere between 500 and 1,000 feet per one American cent” or 50 Filipino centavos. (I haven’t seen a copper penn since I was a kid in Palo Alto.) 

In a way digging under and covering up is a solution to many problems—like the mass graves of the divided communist insurgency, and the mass graves of U.S.-backed Latin American juntas—though not /of our war on drugs—where everything—and too much of it—is out in the open. But then it could be worse. The preferred American solution is forced disappearances. That eliminates the corpus delicti and erases evidence of the crime. 

Indeed, there is no problem so big, you cannot dig a hole and bury it, or turn your back on it. like the drug menace ignored by the previous administration, and the traffic problem also ignored. 

Keep that in mind when you complain about the present administration. All the problems today have roots reaching back beyond the 10 months of the present one. 

Complaining of course is a duty of every citizen but not of those who served in the previous administration. 

But after one year, really, the problems are owned by the current one.

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