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I thought you couldn't sue the US government for damages in the first
place.

D. Matthew Stuart, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE, SECB
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-----Original Message-----
From: akester(--nospam--at)cfl.rr.com [mailto:akester(--nospam--at)cfl.rr.com] 
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 1:05 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: when the levees break....

If we only listened to Led Zeppelin about 40 years ago, we would have
known it was inevitable.

So the Army Corps should subrogate against France. It is the French who
chose to settle New Orleans in the first place.

Is this one of those, pardon me for using it, "slippery slopes"? Will
there not be a legal precendent now where the Corps may be held
responsible for any of their other failed attempts at controlling
nature? How about the entire Mississippi River and all of its
tributaries? How about the senseless pumping of sand to "restore
beaches" that often last only until the next tropical storm or
northeaster, and in turn screw up nature's cycle and can destroy
productive fish habitat not mention ruin great surfing waves (and in my
opinion, we taxpayers are paying to insure beachfront property)? Since
we all pay for the Army Corps, this scares me a bit...

I am not arguing against responsibility, but I have to think it was less
engineer's making miscalculations and more about backhanded politics.

Andrew Kester, PE
Florida

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