There’s a word — “hogwash” — being used lately by a Missouri state senator. I agree with the senator from Missouri except I think that’s what the Corps of Engineers has turned into.
I can remember when the corps stood for honesty, integrity and was looked upon with respect by everyone. Integrity and honest was replaced by the word “lies.” Respect was replaced by the word “shame.”
I had to work with these clowns at Scott Air Force Base back in the ‘80s and ‘90s when we built runway additions. We poured concrete at 8 a.m. and at noon one of them had me go back to close to where we started to see a one-fourth inch bump out in the middle of the runway. He wanted it removed, because “some general might spill his drink!” He was serious. We can land on rocking ships, deserts, swamps, jungles, but not on a one-fourth inch bump. If I ever had any respect for the corps it was gone after that. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Some of demands they made on the contractors made it so bad that most of them won’t bid on government contracts anymore.
They don’t work with, or try to get along with anybody, they are a bunch of bullies. You are not allowed to question anything they say. So “hogwash” was definitely the right word if used to describe the corps.
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Dennis Kaufmann, Belleville