I read with anger the column by Carl Boronkay ("Sky Is Not Falling, as Our Water Level Attests," Op-Ed Page, April 3). His attitude typifies the short-sighted environmental, political and social consciousness which characterizes Southern California. Has it ever occurred to Boronkay or anyone living in Los Angeles, the largest desert city in the world, that the continued push for growth and development is, perhaps, absurd?
When the average glass of water has its origins some several hundred miles away--and by the time it gets here, it is undrinkable--perhaps we should begin to question the sanity of those who, to this day, encourage the relentless growth of the region at the expense of the environmental and social well-being of not just Southern California, but of the entire Western United States (as L.A. is utterly dependent on Northern California, Colorado, Utah and eventually perhaps Oregon, Washington and even Canada for its supply of water and energy).
For nearly 100 years, many of the public officials and private citizens in positions of power (from Fred Eaton and William Mulholland to the present) have been involved in the development of water projects, which if not illegal, are certainly the result of activities of dubious moral quality. It has been land grabs, land purchasing schemes and speculation which has fueled the growth of the Los Angeles basin. No region on the planet can approach Los Angeles in its effort to alter the limitations of the natural environment.