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Voice: Maybe IID directors' families can test lifelines

May 07, 2001

Since it looks like John Hunter and the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors are going to make the so-called "lifelines" a reality, I would like to offer a few suggestions that might help everyone involved.

First and foremost, every "lifeline" needs to have a sign posted on both sides of the All-American Canal that clearly states that those who might use them are taking their lives in their own hands and that the United States will in no way be responsible for any injuries or deaths incurred. We need to be protected from all legal liabilities.

Second, I would propose that Mr. Hunter install a "test-line" every five miles. These would run along the shore of the canal and be about as long as the canal is wide. Anyone who doubts their physical capabilities could pull themselves upstream to test their relative endurance, without risking their lives in the deadly currents. When someone fails the "test-line," it could save a life.

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Third, an advertising campaign must be initiated to inform the Mexican people of the dangers involved with the "lifelines" to stifle any overconfidence. How about a commercial showing Mr. Hunter and his family attempting to cross a lifeline?

Perhaps the IID board and their families could be in the commercials, too. They can prove to us that their families are no better than those they say they "care" about. After all, if these "lifelines" are safe enough for Mexican families, they better be safe enough for their own families.

GUY MANNING

El Centro

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