I was absolutely thrilled to pick up your latest issue and see the great cover with the protesters lying down in front of the Ice Mountain trucks. Talk about real-life heroes! I want to express my utmost respect and gratitude to Sweetwater Alliance for doing what the rest of us, for whatever reasons, can‘t or won‘t do.
My wife and I were privileged to see and support the Tsunami Water Tour when they made a stop in Frankfort recently. These kids (and they were, for the most part, young enough to be our kids) were truly impressive, reassuring and inspiring. They are willing to stand up and make a real difference; to take what most of us would (unfortunately) find unimaginable steps to fight for what they believe in -- that Michigan‘s water belongs to the people of Michigan and should not be extracted and sold for any price, let alone taken for free and getting paid to take it!
Every citizen in Michigan should be outraged by the sale of Michigan‘s ground water. Wisconsin has so far been able to keep this from happening in their state; why not Michigan? Is it because of our present administration in Lansing, or the passive, lazy attitude that people in Michigan have about it; or is it a combination of both? And will electing “environmentally-conscious“ Granholm for governor have any effect on the issue of water diversion in Michigan? I‘ll gladly give her my vote and see what happens.
One thing I‘d like to add to the article (which we have framed and hanging in our kitchen next to our sink!): if people really want to make a difference in the issue of water diversion, don‘t buy spring water. PERIOD. Don‘t buy any brand, any label. Buy yourself a water bottle for a couple bucks and refill it at your own tap. If you have to buy a bottle of water, buy treated, purified water. Don‘t support the diversion of water from springs anywhere. Not only not in Michigan, but from any other state as well. Spring water belongs where it flows. And a bottle of spring water comes from a spring in someone‘ else‘s home town. If we don‘t want people buying our water, we should have the same respect for theirs. So I would ask that we all boycott spring water; but absolutely, positively boycott Ice Mountain. And support the Sweetwater Alliance.
Chad Evans Honor
Join the fight
What I like about Eartha Melzer‘s “The Battle for Ice Mountain,“ NE, 8/15: Melzer‘s article places the “battle“ in the context of big water wars worldwide, in the context of Michigan corporate politics and judicial response, and it vivdly portrays the front-line fighters defending Michigan‘s water while educating the rest of us. Finally, it tells readers what they can do to join the fight.
Tom Shea TC
A smidgeon of reality
Re: The Rising Tide Of The Working Poor (Random Thoughts, 7/12).
Your sentiments concerning “non-privileged“ Americans are surely well-intended and commendable, but your suggested social “solutions,“ I suspect, would barely survive anything beyond the most superficial kind of economic test. How easy it is, upon any sign of economic turmoil, to refer to concurrent “suspicious“ goings-on (Enron, Worldcom) and then, via cleverly articulated literary extrapolation, conclude that it‘s just the tip of a dastardly conspiratorial iceberg which includes all corporations and all rich people, and which is systematically the “real“ root of all of our problems.
Sir, respectfully, would that things were that simple! Not even close. I wouldn‘t argue with you that the level of contemporary greed is frightening as revealed by the behavior of more than a few among us. And, of course, it would be wonderful to have “free“ health care, “free“ college, “free“ day care, etc., available for all. Who could argue with that? But to suggest that the primary obstacles in realizing such worthy goals is a coalition of lying politicians, selfish rich people and robber baron corporations is blatantly untrue and woefully misleading.
Are you aware of any of the following? The top 1% income group contribute somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 of all income taxes. The top 5% pay somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of all income taxes. Healthcare costs consume approximately 14% of our annual GNP, far higher than that found in most countries which offer nationalized healthcare. The cost of transferring this service to the Federal government would be so enormous that to compare it to such economic pittances as corporate fraud, corporate welfare and the tax contribution of the rich is laughable at best.
Enough said. Don‘t misunderstand- I feel much as you do in the sense of “what should be,“ I just fear that your argument is primarily emotion based and largely not supported by the light of economic truth. Sad but true. Peace, brother.
Ben Kauffman Columbus, Ohio