Gifting ourselves with Measure I

By From page A8 | February 07, 2013

Is it Davis’ fate to drown in the bitter waters of endless municipal gridlock? Will we never be free of our water softeners, never free to drink a glass of tap water without ruing its metallic after-taste? Will we never stop discharging our saline wastewater poisonously into the delta? Must we keep driving a beat-up, pollution-rich, out-of-date sedan when a shiny new high-end model is within our reach?

Let us instead vote for Measure I, making ourselves a gift of high and clean technology.

Is it wrong to share our future with our Woodland friends? To wish to own our plant, rather than rent water treatment from faraway West Sacramento? To cage the beckoning bird in the bush, rather than chase cross-causeway shadows?

Pessimists say we cannot afford the Woodland plant, as if the United States were a society that must live with third-rate services. But should we not put first on our list our expenditures for clean and non-polluting water, and drop down below our private shopping extravagances — and who, whether prosperous or not, does not indulge in them?

If there are households facing real hardship, let the City Council find a way to subsidize their water bills. It is unseemly for well-to-do Davisites to refuse to support community improvement with the argument that the poor among us cannot bear the new charges. If necessary, let us — in neighborly spirit — help them bear them, and meanwhile adopt a technology that delivers water we can safely and contentedly drink, while halting the gushing onto the land and into the rivers of our present salt-ridden effluents.

Bill Hagen

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