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Today’s paper (Friday Feb. 7) showed flooding on Madera streets. Not even an inch of rain. Isn’t 4th Street a new project? Several years ago, we had a downpour at about 3 p.m.

I was on Pine Street coming from TECO and everything was at a standstill. Water was going into Peck’s Printery, water was into the Chevron Station, every building in that area was flooded. Subs were the only sandwich available at the sandwich shop.

That was then. What about now? Didn’t anyone learn anything?

The CVS Pharmacy is a new project. Contrary to city planners and engineers beliefs, water does run downhill. This stupid state does not have sufficient storage or drainage.

Mountains are burning up because of mismanagement. Environmentalists won’t let roads be put in to provide access for clearing timber and brush. Fires burn everything to the ground so that any rain we get just runs into whatever, carrying trash with it. Run-off is soiled water.

Obama is coming to view the drought this week. He will see the puddles and say “All you had to do was ask.” We did, but it was a silent prayer to a higher power.

Washington is sending $34 million to California for redis- tribution of water. What? I want to see receipts for every damn penny they spend on that fiasco. Money will be gone, and nothing will change. Just like river restoration. One hundred million bucks down the drain. Want to spend money? Just give it to a liberal. Want to build something? Let a conservative make a buck on it, and then get out of his way.

Bill Hoffrage,


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