Enter the Agora

My column from two Mondays ago was entered in the StudentsForLiberty.org short story contest. It begins:
Scott surveyed the damage. His front yard was once again flooding around his stop-and-waste valve, which lay six feet beneath the service, at the bottom of a four inch wide service shaft. This isn't the first time his valve failed him. He's replaced it twice now. To get down to it, he'll have to once again dig up several cubic yards of earth. The dread of performing such a nightmarish task, yet again, in mud, was filling him up. He began feeling angry at the circumstances and the prospect of all that laborious work.
Read the rest at EVC.