Megan Lardner's story, "Divided waters" (HCN, 3/12/01: Divided waters), provoked a strong, visceral response in me. She certainly has the ability to observe and to describe what she sees. What she saw stirred my gut.
To have a metropolitan border area of over 2 million persons, some of whom have to depend on their drinking water from clandestine water taps and delivery of dirty groundwater by truck, is an outrage in a 21st century economy. El Paso Water, the state of Texas, the elected representatives of the El Paso region, the United States and the multinational corporations benefiting from cheap Mexican labor, land and resources, have a responsibility to rectify this situation. It is unconscionable that such a basic necessity as water is denied to families and citizens of both countries.
This problem can be solved. We have the brainpower to solve it, and those mentioned above have the money to solve it, if they choose to do so. As a manager in the public service for 30 years, I have repeatedly seen public policy turned on end by one person with a vision and a willingness to pursue that vision. I hope Megan's writing found fertile ground among persons who can act or speak to this shame.
Grand Junction, Colorado