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Backward priorities: Fish over people

Posted: February 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.

California’s Central Valley farmers are facing some of the worst drought conditions they have ever seen.
Growers of the rich asparagus, broccoli, onion, tomato, lettuce, and garlic crops may be 60 days away from running out of water altogether.

This man-made drought is due to environmentalists fighting to divert millions of gallons of water away from the parched locals and to an endangered fish habitat for the sake of a three-inch fish, called the Delta smelt.

These passionate fish-fighters put animals above people, who are made in God’s image. They are willing to sacrificeAmericans’ health, productivity and the economy for the sake of a short-lived, bony-backed river dweller.

Meanwhile, these same defenders of the Delta smelt stand by as innocent children are killed in the “most vulnerable” habitat in America: the womb.

They hypocritically worry about the humane treatment of fish only to turn around and fight fetal pain bills in federal and state legislatures in America.

May God help us!



ricketzz: Posted: February 16, 2014 7:43 a.m.

If we wait until people are threatened it is usually too late. That is why the endangered fish is used; to save ecosystems from being trashed by corner cutting fast buck Freddies. Why are upstream pumps necessary? The Delta is like 3 feet above sea level or something. It should be possible to gravity feed the melt water to this side of the Delta, where the stupid little kamikaze fish can be frog food.

chefgirl358: Posted: February 16, 2014 4:48 p.m.

No it isn't. This drought is occurring because there's too many freaking people here and too many high density building projects that are approved in a never ending stream of unsustainable growth.

Indy: Posted: February 16, 2014 7:36 p.m.

Sadly, the LTE writer again likes to join the ‘anti-environment’ chorus regarding ‘unsustainable’ growth and blame any protections for the environment on species extinction.

The reality is that our environment can’t support any more people or growth.

It’s estimated that humanity is currently extracting resources far beyond the ability of the earth to stay healthy.

Dying fish populations due to water shortages are evidence of this.

chico: Posted: February 17, 2014 7:06 a.m.

The drought would be happening whether there is development or not, fish or no fish.

I see some people are suffering from shades of the Stockholm Syndrome - Sympathy for their captor, the Earth.

Those are a bunch of bed-wetting types I say.

ricketzz: Posted: February 18, 2014 7:42 a.m.

You cannot drag your feet on every innovation because it might be disruptive to the status quo. (That would make you a captive of "certainty"; a kinder and gentler form of bondage). You can't look for a painless solution at this late date; that boat sailed 40 years ago.

The planetary food situation is precarious in the best of times; it is getting more wobbly by the minute. I am offended that this nation, built by greedy little brothers and religious zealots, cannot amass the collective will needed to end all business as usual until this growing menace is addressed. When Bush told us to go shopping after 9-11 you heard all you need to from The Plutocrats; no call to sacrifice, no appeal to our pioneer resilience; go bleeping shopping you dirty little consumer-bugs.

There is talk of General Strikes.

technologist: Posted: February 24, 2014 2:56 p.m.

"There is talk of General Strikes."

By the lunatic fringe in the fever swamps? This isn't France.

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