Advertisement

Voice Farmers neither honest nor correct in seeking IID split

May 22, 2001

It's nice to know that Alex Jack can quote the New Testament, but he is incorrect in applying Matthew 6:24 to the Imperial Irrigation District organization. It is the water and the power departments that are the servants and the IID directors the master, not the other way around. The City Council of Brawley not only directs the Fire Department but the city police, water, sewer, library departments, etc. Most would agree all well-run organizations are diversified.

Let's be honest about why the farmers (and Alex Jack is a farmer) want to split the IID: for control of the district's water. Once the water department is split, the farmer may try to control the board by having elections by districts instead of countywide as is done now. They may even try to establish a requirement that only voters with farmland will be eligible to vote. They can then assign their water allotment to their canal gate and sell to whomever they wish, keeping the money for themselves.

Advertisement

On a side note, Mr. Jack's Biblical quote brings up an interesting question. By quoting the Bible, does this mean farmers can claim God is on their side?

Splitting the board for all the reasons Mr. Jack gives, may be just so much camouflage, disguising other, more self-serving motives.

Keep all this in mind when you go to the polls to vote for your next IID director.

SAMUEL B. SANTILLAN

Brawley

Imperial Valley Press Online Articles
|
|
|