Your editorial (April 30), "Melting Snows, Melting Hearts," holds out hope that the water-rich areas of our state are burgeoning with hearts suddenly grown warm and willing to share their wealth with those of us less fortunate. This was cheering, but I remain skeptical.
I have spent 40 years in traveling the West and found a pervasive attitude that Southern Californians are profligate and uncaring, selfish to the point where we have grasped from those whose water supplies were plentiful, and from those who were not so blessed, such as Arizona.
Twenty-five years ago the owner of a large chain of Arizona service stations often remarked to acquaintances that he wanted to put a sign in his restrooms: "Please flush the toilet, Los Angeles needs water." If anything, the feeling in Northern California was even stronger, and as populations have exploded throughout the West there was no reason for a change of heart.
If one has occurred, and I don't like to question the motives of those gentlemen up north, it might well be because elsewhere it was always recognized that as southern water supplies increased the population growth to use it was a sure result. So, since Northern California particularly has begun to see the face of that beautiful area change as the people-tide moves north, if we are given water to help bring or keep the multitudes here, it might be considered a worth-while trade-off.