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Voice: Farmers still want favoritism from IID

April 07, 2001

I commend the majority of the Imperial Irrigation District board for overturning a past wrong (90 percent-10 percent). For the life of me, I cannot understand why we, the power customers, must be bound to the intent of a past board's decision that clearly favored the water customers.

This can be compared to when African slaves were brought to America. The intent was that Negroes/blacks would never be free, that they would never be full citizens with the right to own property, education and vote.

Now the farmers want that the water division use a separate technology system. If they cannot be the quarterback, then they will not play ball with the rest of us.

Though the farmers are not nearly the majority of registered voters in our "Valley of Fairness," they still continue to yield economic influence over the majority. And talking about fairness, the farmer's cup surely has runneth over with fairness, ever since the creation of the IID.

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On another note: I wonder how farmers reacted when their children came home from school talking about Cesar Chavez?

DANIEL SANTILLAN

Calexico

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