Letters: KC readers discuss flood planning, downtown baseball and real gun education

Sensible planning Among the divides within Congress, infrastructure reform highlights common ground for making our communities resilient to natural disasters. Recently, we have seen an increase in flooding. We need to avoid washing away our investments — and voters agree. A recent poll by Pew Research found an overwhelming majority of Americans (85% overall; 91% of Democrats, 80% of Republicans, 87% of independents) support requiring all federally funded projects in flood-prone areas to be built to better withstand flooding. This is why a bipartisan coalition in the U.S. House has introduced the Flood Resiliency and Taxpayer Savings Act . This act would reform federal flood practices and mandate disaster-proofing future projects. It’s time we take advantage of modern technology to keep our nation’s infrastructure viable. Without action, buildings and roads remain vulnerable to the vicious cycle of flooding and expensive repairs. Research shows that every proactive dollar spent can save $5 to $7 in future costs. We can all support protecting our communities and saving taxpayer money. As the adage says, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” Congress must pass this bipartisan legislation into law this year. – Missouri state Rep. Jeff Coleman, Grain Valley What’s next I agree with the author of the Sunday letter under the subhead “Our choices made,” (20A) who listed women’s rights that are threatened now that the Supreme Court has allowed Texas to violate established legal precedent. But I would like to add one more item: I’m sure the next […]

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