Thank years of underfunding for present Howard Hanson Dam issues

The latest in the “blame game” is the question who is responsible for allowing deterioration of the Howard Hanson Dam, to the point where the engineers are telling us Kent soon faces devastating flooding.

Actually, it is the American people who are to blame. The government agencies whose mission it is to look ahead and prevent future disasters have been underfunded now for 40 years. Conservative national administrations have done this, they believe, in accordance with the will of the people.

The political parties compete to offer the highest tax cuts, program agency budgets are held level in spite of inflation of costs, the American people vote for fanatical big-government haters.

The Corps of Engineers is no exception. They simply have not had the appropriation of the hundreds of millions of dollars needed to rebuild this dam. They will not have it, either, as long as we continue to send “big government haters/tax resisters” to the U.S Congress and White House. So we in Kent, like the people of New Orleans, will have to become used to damaged infrastructure, evacuations of residents of the valley, loss of our economic base, etc.

It is a shame that we cannot take better care of our wonderful communities like Kent. No other developed country allows these natural disasters to happen. Citizens of countries like Switzerland, Denmark and Holland willingly pay as much as 50 percent of their income in taxation by their national governments. They receive services and protection which they think are well worth the taxes they pay. When will Americans grow up and face the costs of protection and services which enhance community life?

Larry Greene


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Letters to the Editor

It's time to change Kent's City Council elections to districts | Guest column

If you were asked who your city councilmembers are, would you have an answer?

For every vote to count, Kent needs district-based elections | Guest column

By Mónica Mendoza-Castrejón Guest Column If you’re a community member here in… Continue reading

Letters: Support King County Charter Amendment

Support King County Charter Amendment As a lifelong resident of King County,… Continue reading

Messes in Mill Creek Canyon

Thank you for your very informative article (“Cleaning up Mill Creek Canyon… Continue reading

Priced out of our homes

Priced out of our homes In the middle of everything that is… Continue reading

Kent School Board addresses death of George Floyd

The recent death of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of a… Continue reading

Some good advice in the fight against infection

School closings, sports event cancellations, food hoarding. ... We live in a… Continue reading

City should focus on the real problem, a health crisis

It is time for the city officials of Kent to stop their… Continue reading

How much effect will virus have?

The situation regarding King County’s acquisition of the Econo Lodge in Kent… Continue reading

Coronavirus: County made hasty choice in Kent as a quarantine city
Coronavirus: County made hasty choice in Kent as a quarantine city

Like many Kent residents, I was blindsided when I heard, late Wednesday… Continue reading

Rapidly rising property taxes poses problem for homeowner

I just received my 2020 King County real estate tax statement and… Continue reading