OK, everyone, by a show of hands, who is frustrated by the Army Corps of Engineers?
Yes, that’s pretty much everybody.
We ask because the Army’s latest gesture in trust-building came earlier this week when a lieutenant colonel visited Findlay and punched his checklist to interface with civilian authorities, that is, meet with Hancock County and city officials.
You weren’t invited. It was top secret.
The colonel was brief, according to county Commissioner Phil Riegle, and he repeated the standing orders for civil pacification:
Shut up until sometime in 2016 when we’ll declassify the Blanchard River watershed flood study that you’re paying for, one way or another.
Presumably, the good colonel also reconnoitered the terrain for future inaction.
It’s pretty flat, sir, and a river runs through it, just as Col. James Findlay, Second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, reported in 1812. Check the files.
Meanwhile, we indigenous taxpayers will keep scanning the sky for incoming water. We’ve become Minutemen in sending warnings, setting up roadblocks, filling sandbags, and cleaning up.
And we’ll hope our taxpayers and our businesses, from Marathon Petroleum Corp. on down, won’t surrender as we await the cavalry.
Wait, here’s more intelligence: The Army plans to return for further reconnaissance and briefings in the flood zone on Wednesday, this time with Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green.
The enemy is not invited. They often try to infiltrate these operations camouflaged as taxpayers and brazenly ask questions about their money and their future.
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