Re "Levee fixes grind to halt" (Page A1, Feb. 16): Kudos to Bee staff writer Matt Weiser for his balanced reporting, and many thanks to Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacraento, for their ongoing efforts to repair the area's levees.
Some additional facts: Natomas was built with 100-year flood designation. Who could have predicted the Army Corps' reaction to the New Orleans disaster following Hurricane Katrina? Since the building moratorium, $1 billion in public funds were invested in a new airport terminal, which sits in the Natomas basin. Wouldn't it be better to protect this investment, and all of Natomas, by appropriating $400 million to improve the levees, rather than bailing-out FEMA following a preventable disaster?
This isn't a partisan issue. It's about public safety. The investment in levees doesn't just benefit Natomas. It creates new jobs to repair infrastructure, restores economic vitality to Natomas and, long term, strengthens the entire region's economic base.
-- Dave Alden, Sacramento