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Water Shortage Threatens California

June 20, 2002

Re "Farmers Oppose Call to Idle Land," June 17: When Imperial Irrigation District board member Bruce Kuhn described U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) as a "bureaucratic gasbag, pig-eyed sack of crap," I discounted his comments as an unnecessary and crude diatribe. Then I saw Kuhn's picture--standing in one of his alfalfa fields--on an inside page. Taking in his arms-folded-over-his-chest posture and his ample belly protruding over his belt, I concluded that his ill-advised comments about Feinstein might have more fittingly been directed at himself.

But the incident might help us focus on the problem that Feinstein alluded to: a water shortage in California that will make today's energy shortages seem insignificant. The senator's recommendation that a part of the Imperial County farmers' water be sold to San Diego County's residents addresses only a tiny part of the problem. We need to tackle this monumental problem--the absolute necessity for life-giving water in California. Tempus fugit.

Charles R. Barr

Upland

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday June 21, 2002 Home Edition California Part B Page 14 Editorial Pages Desk 1 inches; 45 words Type of Material: Correction
Wrong man--Charles R. Barr's description in "Water Shortage Threatens California" (letter, June 20) of Imperial Irrigation District board member Bruce Kuhn was based on a June 17 photo of Imperial Valley farmer Al Kalin, whom Barr misidentified.

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