Water and revenue
EDITOR: In your groundwater article (“New landscape on groundwater,” June 11), you tout “sustainability,” a word that sounds wonderful but is meaningless. Sustainable means to do something again. More than 100 new agencies statewide means more than 100 new bureaucracies, which will need money to sustain themselves. I guess that’s what you mean. To quote the article, “fees to pay for the regulatory process.” In other words, setting up new fees/taxes to support new bureaucrats.
Water is a precious thing, which the government knows and is using to increase revenues. I agree some limits need to be put on groundwater extraction, but it sounds as though the entire idea is to simply charge for the water taken. I guess we shall see.
Thank you for the public relations article “explaining” things. Pravda would be proud of you. At least we know the direction being taken by government. We conserved in Windsor, had record rains last season and now our water rates have increased again. Just pay more.
EDITOR: This administration’s proposals to reduce or eliminate several essential programs to enable significant increases in military spending raises familiar flags. Elimination of these programs would benefit the energy cartels and others who profit from such schemes. Egregious actions, such as withdrawal from the Paris accord and defunding the Environmental Protection Agency can only accelerate the dangerous decline in the health of our planet and its inhabitants, while alienating our allies.
Wasteful abuses and lucrative defense contracts are all too frequent. They result from coercion of our legislators by special interests to whom they are indebted. In many cases, this entails weapons and equipment that the military doesn’t even want. This administration and the lockstep Republican legislators, through their unprecedented deception and caustic governing, have made clear their intent to repay special interests by pursuing this reckless course of environmental degradation and military waste, despite the consequences. If we allow them success, we deserve the consequences.
EDITOR: I’m deeply concerned that Republican senators are attempting to subvert the democratic process by holding secret meetings to formulate a health care bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, “You are free to ask anybody anything.” Let me take him up on that: What, exactly, is in the health care bill you are hiding, and why are you hiding it?
When legislators are proud of their actions, they don’t hide them. It is their job to act with openness and integrity in everything they do that affects our country. This is especially important when their actions will touch millions of us.
As they are unwilling to bring their bill to the light of day, let it stand up to hearings and give Democrats the opportunity to at least offer amendments, I can only assume the worst. They are hiding a bill that would strip millions of people of their insurance and lead to many unnecessary deaths. They are hiding a bill that would give massive tax cuts to the richest and hurt the poorest among us. They are cowards, and this grandmother is calling them out.