Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Hurricane season's almost here ;)
The next big disaster will be in Texas. The state has done nothing to change the basic reasons for the evacuation disaster that took 60 lives. If Rita had tracked up I-45, thousands of people would have died. At the heart of the problem is Texas's love affair with the supremecy of the County Sheriff. As a result, there is no centralized way to control access on to the interstates. Attempts to centralize this power under the governor were shot down in the lege. This means we will have a repeat of the Rita fiasco. At the same time, Houston is being repeatedly warned by civil engineers that the over-paving of every square inch the developers can get their hands on has created a situation where catastrophic flooding is possible. A hurricane like Katrina, which curls around behind the Galveston seawall and then stays stationary while it unleashes biblical rains, will fill the whole area like a bowl, a New Orleans all over again. While oil tanker ship channels are routinely funded for dredging, not a dime is spent to improve drainage in the Clear Lake watershed, an area where some 2 million people live in surbuban concrete splendor. It's only a matter of time.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address