Regarding the letter and article of April 6 about the flooding of the Missouri:

When I went to Alaska to work in my younger days I got a job with a helicopter logging company. We were there to clear a right-of-way for a power line from a hydroelectric plant to the city of Juneau. Previously, a line was built on a ridge-top, and it all blew down in the inevitable 100 mile-per-hour wind and wet snow. The locals warned the Army Corps of Engineers of the conditions up there, but they had wanted to avoid clearing timber, even though they could sell it. ...

As hard as it is to imagine (to our government-schooled minds), important jobs like power lines and dams should not be left to government. Government should only regulate to control force and fraud. ...

Government has certainly failed to manage flooding; and not just on the Missouri River.

I’m sure the call will go out that we need more government to fix the problems on the Missouri, when those problems obviously were caused by people expecting the government to “do its job.” We will be reassured that reform will work this time; an old story.

Think of a vision where the river was managed by an agency paid by those who would benefit directly from good management or private insurance, instead of taxpayers in New York or New Mexico who have no stake in the results and no right to refuse payment for bad performance. I know of a well managed private lake that is a good example of this. ...

It is time we abandon the failed strategy of taxing and throwing money at problems. The politicians who spend it all have one thing in common. Their greatest skill is getting elected.

Fritz Groszkruger

Dumont, Iowa

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