Washington tragedy has important lesson

I am writing to make a point about local town governments approving house building lots anywhere they please.

In Washington state, 20 people are missing in a mud slide and 30 some homes are gone.

Why? Because that town's local government let them build homes on a hill that was deemed too dangerous by a geomorphologist in 1999. Daniel Miller, hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do the study, said he wasn't surprised.

I think local governments should be held liable when they allow houses to be built somewhere that is unsafe; or where homes are built so closely they can pollute each other's wells from septic run-off, or are built on contaminated land.

It all boils down to this - just because you can build, doesn't mean you should just for tax revenue.

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