EDITOR: Maybe I just don't get it. The state will spend up to $13 million to "upgrade" the Healdsburg Memorial Bridge, which I would think means to make it better than it is or ever was, but now Healdsburg will have to come up with $200,000 to $300,000 per year for maintenance ("State, feds approve bridge restoration," Monday).

This bridge is more than 80 years old and probably hasn't had $300,000 of "maintenance" since it was built. But after Caltrans is done "upgrading" it, the bridge will suddenly require $300,000 per year to maintain? Remember these are the people who contracted with the Chinese to build the new Bay Bridge, a $1.2 billion contract to a company that is not even in the United States.

I can see it now. There will have to be a new Memorial Bridge Maintenance Department, which will require an office plus a supervisor, a supervisor's assistant, bridge engineer, state bridge maintenance coordinator and a secretary plus a large pickup with MBMD painted on the side. This cost will probably run at least $250,00 per year, and then a couple buckets of paint and one guy with a brush to apply it. He will probably make $35,000 per year, or less, and do all of the real work.

Isn't government great.