Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wildfires as God's Will

Long before this month's historic wildfires in Texas, the state's forest service came up with a $20.4 million plan to stop the flames from starting or tamp them out before small blazes grew deadly and destructive.

Three years later, the plan is still only half-funded — a result of the weak economy, a strained state budget and what one former lawmaker calls a "dereliction of duty" by legislators who almost always prefer to spend money only after a crisis has unfolded.

The sad thing, far too many people in Texas will not make this connection, but rely on some derivation of the headline.

1Wildfire protection plan half-funded in Texas - AP

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