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#1 AnBr

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 09:53 PM

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Liberals are using the Oroville Dam situation as a way to stress the need for more infrastructure spending, and they have a point. But I think there’s another point that’s worth making, something that the Steve Bannons and Stephen Millers of the world don’t understand: governing isn’t all fun stuff, like yelling at Mexicans and trying to steer the nation into World War III.

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#2 golden_valley

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 12:16 PM

People get upset about the poor conditions of roads because they can see it and experience every day. When it comes to other infrastructure they don't notice until something catastrophic happens. When a water district or sewer district wants to raise rates for any reason, people howl and gnash their teeth. In CA many water districts and sewer districts have elected boards of directors and the imperative to be reelected interferes with their judgment.





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