Not a true emer­gency

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

There has been con­tro­versy about re­plac­ing or re­mov­ing the dam at Lake Bella Vista. I have no strong opin­ion ei­ther way, but I do have a strong opin­ion about how it’s to be fi­nanced.

A FEMA grant was ap­proved to re­place the dam. It has now ex­pired. FEMA is the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency. I un­der­stand that FEMA is to man­age emer­gen­cies. Re­plac­ing the dam is not an emer­gency. A grant was ap­proved, but who pays for fed­eral grants? We do.

I be­lieve FEMA grants should only be used for true emer­gen­cies. The lo­cal politi­cians should not be ap­ply­ing for FEMA grants if it’s not an emer­gency.



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