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Letter: Water runs downhill

Benjamin Greaves re poor design

Published on November 17, 2017 12:01AM

My father quit school before he graduated from the eighth grade. Before this epiphany, he learned water runs downhill. Therefore, he went into the civil engineer/land surveyor business. While thus employed he set the county line.

You might think whoa, surely the county lines in New York state had been set before your father’s time. Probably that would have been the case, if that line didn’t directly cross a precipice rock that climbers come from miles around to practice their skills on.

Shortly after my father’s accomplishment, the state of New York decided, unilaterally, to require civil engineers/land surveyors to have a college degree in civil engineering/land surveying.

If perchance an employee, or employees, of my father had produced a plan such as this, he would have kicked them out the door and redone the plan himself, so that a bus shelter did not serve as a convenient leak off for a major highway intersection (the southwest corner of U.S. Highway 101 and Ensign Lane in Warrenton).

Benjamin A. Greaves



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