Reference is made to your editorial (June 1), "Staving Off Water Warfare." As a director of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, I must disagree with your emphasis. I believe you are doing your readers a great disservice.
Hopefully, your newspaper recognizes water is more a political issue than a technical one. If you do not, we have a major problem in Southern California. Our northern friends cry "wolf"--and we in the south give them what they want in the form of money and legislation. They essentially laugh all the way to the bank--and vote against Southern California's needs.
You quote Sen. Ruben S. Ayala's (D-Chino) real goal as " . . . to get more water sent south by forcing the Deukmejian Administration prematurely to start construction of water transfer facilities in the delta." You infer that this is bad. If it is bad, it is in your mind, not mine.
Ayala has stated that was his goal from the start. He should be commended, not criticized for it. Perhaps The Times would like to sponsor legislation to give the south a reliable water supply, or do you wish this area of our state to be at risk? Perhaps your newspaper endorses taking water away from Southern California.