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Santa Cruz Sentinel 9/23/11

Mathews gives us the oxymoron of the year

Thank you for your illuminating coverage of the desalination controversy. I especially enjoyed your quoting Cynthia Mathews saying, "the meeting was closed to the public to gather a wide variety of people in the community." This has to be the oxymoron of the year. Our water officials and supporters think the record economic downturn, high unemployment rate, high fuel prices, businesses and government services closing, foreclosures, reduced government revenue, climate change and other current calamities are just temporary inconveniences that will disappear. But what if the new normal is going to be that these profound changes will endure a long time? Would it not be prudent to assume these conditions may improve somewhat but not go away entirely? In that event, does it make any sense to push a $100 million desal project instead of committing to alternatives? Mathews and Rotkin seem to be preaching again the discredited mantra "build it and they will come."

Aldo Giacchino, Santa Cruz

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