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Levees necessary

SYRCL activist Jason Rainey wants flood control to include spending state money for his environmental agenda. We’ve seen the flooding in the valley inundate farms and homes, and he wants his hands on state resources to play his advocacy game.

SYRCL is an activist group made up of a lot of people with their hands on a lot of money. They want their hands on more, bond money earmarked for levee repair.

Rainey blabbers on about Katrina; blaming President Bush for “failure to fully fund requested levee improvement in the gulf.” I guess “levee improvement” was needed in the gulf, but not in our flood areas. The problem in New Orleans is so complex that if President Bush doubled the funds, it wouldn’t have changed the results. Readers can refer to this month’s Popular Mechanics Magazine for a nonpolitical insight into the problems there.



What Senator Sam Aanestad and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are trying to do is “levee improvement;” woefully behind in protecting people and property from the devastation of floods.

We do not need SYRCL, Rainey, or the rest of the environmental movement to throw a wrench into our desperate need for flood control.




Tom Ecker

Nevada City


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