I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who advised against the prospect of engaging in a wrestling match with a pig, cautioning that while both participants must surely get dirty, the pig would enjoy it.
At the peril of ignoring Mr. Lincoln's wise counsel, I must refute a totally misleading insinuation contained in Cliff Hurley's most recent "Voice of the People" letter on Aug. 29. In his letter, Hurley seems to imply that my participation in two recent panel discussions, during which the subject of a new Colorado River aqueduct was raised, has somehow compromised the Imperial Irrigation District's clearly stated position opposing such a project.
On both occasions referenced, I stated in the strongest possible terms IID's reasons for not supporting the construction of new facilities to convey any more of California's Colorado River water to the coastal plain. First, that any new capacity would create additional demands on the Imperial Valley to transfer even more water. And second, to even consider this proposal when California is under intense pressure to cut its existing overdraft of the Colorado is pure folly.