I was driving along yesterday on the second of my two Wednesday trips to Oakton and I came across what I view as a half-hearted effort to contain the waters of the Des Plaines River as I approached my destination. I am not even sure how high the wall is, but they are adding to the wall that they had established, trying to keep the area dry and the river within less dangerous parameters. I do know one thing though, in some areas Americans just do not seem to want to go the full nine yards and do what is necessary.
If we want to be in New Orleans and have a viable city in an area that is below sea level, we cannot fool around with our less than aggressive attempts. We need to go to the land where it is clear that you can live below sea level, the Netherlands. They have shown that it is possible to take back the land and to maintain it successfully that way for long periods of time. Why are we not smart enough to bring them in if we really want to live below sea level?
Another thing that came to mind on my way south to Oakton, was the issue of roads. Why is it that we have roads that need to be constantly maintained? Is it because we actually need to have a system that is corrupt and where we never do the road correctly and thus need to rip it up year after year without biting that bullet and doing the job right the first time? It seems to me that we could go to Scandinavia or Finland and see how it is done, maybe even have them come here and show us? I do not think that their weather is any harder on the roads than ours is.
Americans can do things so well, why is it that in some areas we just do not seem to try?