RE: Skills vs education (was: Senior technical writer?)

Subject: RE: Skills vs education (was: Senior technical writer?)
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: PoshedlyK -at- polysius -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 15:37:26 -0400

Poshedly, Ken [mailto:PoshedlyK -at- polysius -dot- com] allowed:

> And with you being in Canada, I know you'll tell us of the engineering
> and political heads that will roll following the tragic
> collapse of part
> of a major roadway near Montreal this past weekend. (We honeymooned
> there in 1989 and found the city truly beautiful.)

The Province of Quebec - in the persons of its politicians
and bureaucrats - spent several decades diverting the funds
that should have gone to highway/road maintenance and upgrade.

In almost every case where a repair or upgrade should have
involved digging and laying a solid base, they put ever
more cosmetic coats of asphalt over the mess, deferring
the rework for somebody else to inherit.

So, while Quebecers could enjoy the continent's finest
nit-picky signage laws and language/thought police,
they had some of the crappiest roads and infrastructure.

In the case of the overpass in question, it was
designed and built decades ago, to handle a much
smaller volume of traffic, and a lot less road-salt.

Few, if any, heads will roll, and none are likely to
be the right ones.

Techwriter tie-in: I wonder whatever happened to the
original documentation specifying the design limits
and required upkeep of the roads and bridges in

Kevin (who left there in 1998)

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