Something right

Published 8:36 am Friday, August 7, 2009

People have been lobbing a lot of darts at Congress lately.

Some citizens are anxious and upset about the ongoing discussions for improving the national health care system, and haven’t been shy about telling their representatives and senators that. Others are worried about oil prices. Still others are concerned about the national debt. Finally, a shrill minority has been demanding to see — of all things — President Obama’s birth certificate.

But we couldn’t be happier with Congress on one front.

Last week, the U.S. Senate joined the House of Representatives in support of a bill that would ultimately fund a study of the Chowan River Basin.

Both houses overwhelmingly supported the bill and the basin study, with the House offering up $100,000 for the analysis and the Senate ponying up $215,000. The final amount will probably be somewhere in between, but it’s still very exciting to hear that the funding is coming through.

In the last decade, floodwaters have ravaged our area an unprecedented six times. Hopefully the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be here soon to determine why that is happening.

And that’s nothing to lob a dart at.