Re "Levee aid could be a casualty" (Dan Walters, Jan. 14): Dan Walters' column misses the mark: Securing federal authorization of funds to complete levee improvements is a non-partisan issue, and then-Rep. Dan Lungren did little other than orchestrate Speaker Boehner's visit to see the levees.
Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, fortunately re-elected, is/has been the engine driving federal funds authorization legislation.
State/local funds completed half the work; it is time Congress authorized the federal share.
New Orleans and Sandy were not partisan issues. Natomas isn't either. Improving our century old levees would protect 100,000 people, 25,000 homes, countless businesses and an airport with recent $1 billion improvements.
Authorizing $400 million to finish levy improvements vs. $7 billion costs and unknown lives lost, should the levees fail, requires members of Congress, regardless of party, to exercise common sense.
-- Sally Alden, Sacramento
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