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    WPTV: Water sent through St. Lucie Dam amid flood concerns

    WPTV: Written by Andrew Lofholm. May 16, 2018. ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - UPDATE: On Wednesday, the gates remained open, but water flow was lower than what was released Tuesday. An Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said the gates will open and close based on weather in the area. No lake water is being released. Any decision to release lake water will be well publicized. Rain runoff in the swelling St. Lucie Canal was being sent eastward through the St. Lucie Lock and Dam at a rate of 1.2 billion gallons of water per day, which would fill 1,800 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Officials worried about flooding after recent rainfall. The canal is about 20 miles from the eastern edge of Lake Okeechobee. Video shot by St. Lucie River Activist Kenny Hinkle Jr., shows four of the seven so-called “gates of hell” open, unleashing problematic fresh water into the St. Lucie River. Continue reading "Water sent through St. Lucie Dam amid flood concerns"
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    WALL STREET JOURNAL: A Chance for Sugar Welfare Reform

    Wall Street Journal: Written by Editorial Board. May 15, 2018. Cognitive dissonance is common in Washington, but some cases truly are exceptional. One is the ritual of the farm bill, when Republicans who campaign on “free markets” whoop through corporate welfare for agriculture interests. But maybe there’s a stroke of sense coming on sugar subsidies. Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina is making a run at reforming the U.S. sugar program with an amendment to the farm bill that may hit the House floor as soon as this week. This program is arguably the worst farm subsidy, which is saying something, featuring a menagerie of sweetened loans, restrictions on sales and import quotas for some of America’s richest people. The point is to keep prices artificially high and enrich large sugar producers, who aren’t paupers but nonetheless demand this help to maintain their station. Many producers live in Florida, which is why Senator Marco Rubio periodically embarrasses himself by supporting sugar welfare. Continue reading “A Chance for Sugar Welfare Reform“
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