The Southwest will never get water from our Mississippi River

Workers from Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey participate in an intensive effort to remove invasive carp Thursday, April 8, 2021 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.

I recently saw a letter in your newspaper stating that the delivery of water from the Mississippi River will fill Lake Powell in a year. Let’s be very clear here. As a resident of Wisconsin, a state that borders the river, let me say: This will never happen.

What the Southwestern states have failed to do is reduce growth and agriculture which of course is water driven. Water conservation measures are now put in place because it has become imperative.

We can’t have our cake and eat it too. People think they should be able to live wherever they want, even if it’s a desert environment. This drought has been in place for over 20 years. I’m sure the Great Lakes are also targeted.

Think again before the southwestern states think they can take water from another part of the country.

Margaret Melville, Cedarburg, Wis.

Lupine Plaza Decision Shows Need for Five Municipal Districts in Palm Desert

Despite objections and concerns from local businesses, the Palm Desert City Council seems determined to spend $4 million in general fund reserve dollars to build a plaza for food, drink and special events on Lupine Lane. Unsurprisingly, the project sits right next to El Paseo, which appears to be the headquarters of four of the city council’s five members. Residents of the rest of Palm Desert must be so proud that their tax money is going to another project to support this shopping district.

I can’t believe the rest of Palm Desert doesn’t need similar spaces for pedestrian plazas, using “premium materials” for street parks to serve residents. Big chance of possible studies for the rest of the city. With this single section of Palm Desert served by four council members, El Paseo will get what few think it needs, even if area business owners doubt its benefits.

Palm Desert needs five city districts so that every neighborhood can be heard and all local needs are addressed. It’s time for equal representation in Palm Desert.

David Middleton, Palm Desert

The 4th of July reminds me that we are a nation fighting for freedom and justice for all

As we celebrate this 246th Independence Day, we are reminded that we Americans are a nation that includes everyone.

It’s America. With the exception of Native Americans, we are a nation of immigrants.

Yes, this is America, in which the framers of the Declaration of Independence declared: “We hold to be self-evident those truths that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Moreover, our ancestors followed the Declaration of Independence with the Bill of Rights – specifically this First Amendment, guaranteeing freedom of assembly, freedom of the press, freedom of speech and separation of church and the state.

Our patriotism today is not a narrow nationalism that ignores the rest of the world. Nor is it a theocracy imposing a religious belief and morality on others. Our patriotism is a love of country and a democracy that honors diversity and freedom.

So, as I say, Happy Birthday America, I focus on the words of the pledge “…..with freedom and Justice for everyone.”

Charlie Ara, Palm Desert

This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: As a Wisconsinite, I swear: West will never get our water from the Mississippi


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