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BILLY HEWES: Don't squander a second chance at Turkey Creek

One of the great frustrations people have with the governmental process is the pace. Whether you're on the inside, or the outside, nothing seems to get done quickly. With most publicly funded projects involving multiple jurisdictions, agencies, and departments, one grudgingly admits that extra care is required with those expenditures. That still doesn't make patience virtuous.

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DEBRA SAUNDERS: Last call for ethanol

A federal program, once launched, is impossible to kill. It doesn't matter if the scheme wastes money. It doesn't matter if the program doesn't work. It doesn't even matter if the program does the very opposite of what it is supposed to do. Every government program enters the world with an army of fairy godmothers prepared to fend off any effort to cut the cord -- hence the staying power of ethanol.

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