As others see it / Chicago sinkholes and a fishy problem

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Florida has sinkholes that materialize suddenly, swallowing cars, houses and, most recently and tragically, a person. The rest of the country regards these and other natural disasters -- Burmese pythons, giant stucco-eating snails, hurricanes and atrocious attendance at Florida Marlins games -- as a fair trade-off for warm weather and no winters.

But now Chicago is being afflicted by sinkholes. Last week, a 20-by-40-foot sinkhole abruptly opened up on the city's southeast side, swallowing three cars and narrowly missing a fourth.

Chicago explains the sinkholes on failures in its ancient sewer and water system.

Chicago has been spared an infestation of Burmese pythons, but the city is under siege from another invasive species, the flying Asian carp, a fish of up to 40 pounds that comes flying out of the water when it's disturbed. It doesn't take much more than a passing boat to disturb the fish, which has an alarming tendency to smack local anglers.

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Thus, the obvious solution would seem to be to allow these sinkholes to flood and let the local fisherman have at it.

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