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A really dumb

November 07, 2001

report on problem

The other day the paper stated that a government report showed the possibility of fallowing 143,000 acres of 30 percent of our acreage to transfer some water. I don't know how anybody came up with numbers that big, but the paper is right in that those kinds of numbers do not make any sense and certainly are not reasonable. Fallowing may be the only practical way to save the sea and transfer some water to the coast, but it has to make sense for us.

Ten percent of our acreage should be enough to get the job done, not 30 percent. Using 10 percent of our resource to solve two of our biggest water problems is not unreasonable. For doing this, we would have to get a revenue stream large enough to have a net benefit to the community. If we can't make winners out of everybody, we shouldn't do it.

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I don't think we can stick our head in the sand on the transfer issue and hope everything will be all right. There are evil forces out there that are not wanting to help us. This is a very complicated, important problem, and we need to get our best thinking working on it.

DON COX

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