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Linda Thom (e-mail

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column:

So Long California—Thanks For The Memories!

My husband and I are visiting

to help our daughter and family with a
newborn.  What a terrible future this kid will have
if he stays in California

budget crisis
is the least of it.

Last week the

Sacramento Bee
ran a special
environmental editorial that asked readers to answer the
question: “What water
conservation methods
are working for you?
” [Water
Controversies Boil Over
, by Matt Weisner,
Sacramento Bee
, May 4, 2009]

No mention was made of

causing the

people longage
that results in a

water shortage
. The Bee`s readers` posted
comments indicated that they are in denial that there
could be a shortage. 

You may wonder how Californians could be so

They take their cue from their elected
leaders. Although Sacramento has received only 81
percent of its

annual average rainfall
, its City Council recently
approved 5,000

My daughter`s house has no
water meter.  Water
rates are based on the number of bedrooms in the house. 
Thus, during my stay, I saw sprinklers watering grass at
a time when

 measured an inch in the last few days. 

Conceivably, the

budget crisis 
could be resolved. But it`s impossible
to remove concrete once the farmlands are paved over.

I am very glad that most of my views

are from my rearview mirror.

Thom, who now resides in
Washington State, formerly worked as an officer for a
major bank and as a budget analyst for the County
Administrator of Santa Barbara. Her VDARE.COM archive of
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