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Citizens only ones who can ask right questions

Posted: January 24, 2011 10:07 p.m.
Updated: January 25, 2011 4:55 a.m.
 

The Jan. 13 letter in The Signal refuting the concerns expressed by “Environmentally Speaking” columnist Lynne Plambeck regarding the cost of the salt cleanup in her Jan. 6 column, “Groups filed suit to help save our river,” did not really get my attention until I saw the source of the letter.

I asked myself why a county employee in Whittier was taking the time to write a letter to address this particular issue.

Also, since he not only signed his name but also identified his agency name and position, was he doing it in an official capacity?

I would have expected this type of letter from a representative of Newhall Land Development LLC, but not from a public employee.

While it may be true that residents of the Newhall Ranch project will pay for preventative measures to alleviate any additional chloride input into the water system, this is only one of many issues regarding this project.

Perhaps he has no knowledge of the traffic congestion through the Newhall Pass and what effect another 20,000 cars every day will have.

He also did not address the other issues — how the project affects the floodplain of the Santa Clara River basin, at what cost the additional water is being provided and how that might affect the water rates for everyone.

It seems that individuals have to raise questions such as these while large agencies and companies are the only source of the opposite point of view.

 The truth is out there somewhere.

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