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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Amy R.

All great ideas, except the pipeline idea. People should live were water is readily available in sustainable amounts. In many area, city planners have not made enough efforts to plan for water supply for all the expansion (new homes and business) they allowed to in their area. Let that area, come up with the solution, they created the problem, make them fix it.
Also, if people choose to live in a flood zone or by the ocean and get flooded out, there shouldn't be a federal program that pays them to rebuild. They should be subject to market level costs of that insurance, not subsidized insurance. If they don't like the high cost live somewhere else.
I grew up in a Midwestern area that had a levee through most of the town. People who lived in low lying areas not protected by the levee got flooded out all the time. They'd collect insurance and all types of incentive to rebuild only to get hit by the next flood. Why do we encourage people to live in an area that floods and keep paying them to rebuild even after they have been flooded out multiple times?

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Therefore, if an area is flooded once in a blue moon, I have some pity. If an area is known to flood repetitively, why do we pay people to rebuild there. Whose the fool now?

RandomThoughts

Tom, your ideas are far too sane and sensible for our current government.

There isn't a lack of jobs or opportunities in America, there is a mismatch between what we are training Americans for and what the marketplace needs.

Oh is this ever true in the teaching profession. Even here in CA where teaching jobs are just about non-existent, there is still a chronic need for science and math teachers.

We should be strongly encouraging students to pursue degrees in the fields that will provide employment (assuming they can even afford to go to university in the first place, which is a whole other problem).

Tom Flake

Amy,

I apologize for not being clearer. Places like New Orleans that are below sea level and have been hit by hurricanes in the past and we know with certainty will be hit again. Don't rebuild them, that is throwing good money after bad.

On the other hand, the water table in the Mid-west has dropped six feet. It is not an infinite supply and must be renewed or it will run out in our lifetime. Unfortunately, it is dropping due to irrigation because we feed the nation from this water supply and we are depleting it rapidly. I have heard no-one put forward a viable plan on how it gets replenished. My plan is a first step. If BTW it protects people in the Mississippi, Ohio, and Missouri river valleys from annual flooding, do you not want to replenish the water table and feed your nation because it would also help them?

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