Everett V. Finken, Walnut Creek, Calif.
My wife and I recently visited my home state of North Dakota. I went to my hometown of Douglas and the farm where I was born. From there we went to Rice Lake and I was appalled by the devastation by the floodwater. Rice Lake was once a beautiful place.
Many people spent their savings to have a place to enjoy life. I have no interest in property at Rice lake, but I feel sorry for those who have. I understand that a proposed pipeline from the lake to Douglas Creek would alleviate the problem at the lake and would be an insurance that it would not flood again. I hear that a number of landowners on the route will not sign easements to have the pipeline built. This pipeline is being built mostly along section lines to avoid interfering with farm land, and the landowners are being paid for the easement.
In the Ten Commandments the Lord says to love your neighbor as yourself. I don't understand how people with so little to lose can deny their neighbor with so much to lose. North Dakota is a beautiful state. Let's all work together to keep it that way.