Listen to us, please, on water

By From page A14 | October 23, 2011

Is it just me, or have we stopped listening to each other altogether? On a larger front, we hear people say they’re opposed to illegal immigration. That seems to have translated into being opposed to immigration, being against people wanting to improve their lives, and perhaps even being racist!

What happened to the word “illegal”? Why is that word no longer being heard? That makes a huge difference in the message.

Now, on a local scale, people opposed to the rapid rate increase in the city’s new water plan are being characterized as opposed to the plan altogether. I have not talked to one person who is opposed to the plan. I support the new change to obtain water from the Sacramento River.

The people I’ve talked to, and the people they say they have talked to, are only opposed to the rapid rate increases, not the plan to change where we get our water. That’s also a huge difference in the message.

There must be some other option for financing that doesn’t cause such a severe jump in our rates, especially now. I’m not opposed to the plan, or paying for it, only the speed of paying for it that has been proposed.

Donna Turcot


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