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Try Thinking Smaller

William Streff

Des Moines Register

December 28, 2005

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As if squandering more time and money to locate and build a rain forest in the city wasn't enough, now Des Moines' "city leaders" are spending taxpayer money to study the addition of a whitewater rafting channel along the so-called downtown riverwalk ("Downtown Whitewater Rafting?" Dec. 20).

Perhaps additional funds can soon be spent to study the feasibility of constructing a desert in the city limits or maybe even a mountain. I'm sure Des Moines residents would rather have their taxes pay for that instead of some necessary but boring old street or sewer-repair project.

Is there no limit to the leadership of these big-thinking city leaders? For Des Moines' sake, let's hope so.

William Streff