Kentucky Would Appreciate Western Investment in Water Systems – But First, Help Us Drink

Soldiers and airmen from the Kentucky National Guard assisted with flood relief efforts in response to a declared state of emergency in eastern Kentucky in late July 2022.

Recently your reader, Don R. Scott of Palm Springs, suggested that the recent flooding in Kentucky has led to a lack of infrastructure and that “overflow pipes should be installed on troubled rivers to divert only the floodwaters in our conduit to the West”. Mr. Scott is certainly right that, at least in part, the lack of infrastructure exacerbated these floods.

I would also like to point out that six of the Kentucky counties affected by these floods are among the 14 poorest counties in the entire United States by median household income, according to 2020 Census Bureau data. One of them, Martin County, Kentucky, the 11th poorest county in the United States, has been without potable tap water since 2000, when a coal spill contaminated the area’s water supply.

While I’m not sure of the exact technical feats required to pump water from the Appalachian Mountains to the Southwest, we here in Eastern Kentucky would applaud folks from Palm Springs or other locations in the Southwest investing in our local infrastructure. However, we would appreciate it if we could drink our own water first before sending it somewhere else.

Jarrod W. Brown, Sharkey, Kentucky

How about looking at the Columbia River?

I have been reading letters about water from the Mississippi River possibly being diverted to relieve western drought. There is a much closer river they can find that would not have to be piped over the Rockies and not subject to harsh winter conditions that could freeze the water at high elevations.

Why not study the feasibility of the Columbia River? Less than half the distance to be “piped” into Lake Powell or the Colorado River, and as some put it, “flowing aimlessly into the Pacific.” We as a society believe that only rivers can be controlled. Rivers are nature and can and have reshaped this planet for centuries.

Jim Wingo, Springfield, Missouri

Abortion rules around the world are varied

The Supreme Court’s decision on abortion brings the issue back to the states. This is no different than how the situation was handled in Canada and the European Union.

Canada has a federal law that allows abortion on demand throughout the pregnancy and then leaves legally and allows each province to require that certain conditions be met according to provincial laws, regulations and cultural norms, as long as the abortion is not illegal. None allow abortion on demand throughout pregnancy. Abortions can be performed up to 24 weeks depending on the province.

In the EU, Northern Ireland, Malta, San Marino and Poland have banned abortion. England, Ireland, Norway and Germany allow abortions up to 24 weeks, but with different conditions. Sweden, Finland, Spain, France and Italy allow abortion on request up to 18 weeks, but have situations beyond that, such as fetal defects or danger to the mother’s life.

SCOTUS ruled that there is no right to abortion in the Constitution. It brings this issue back to the states, with their different rules and beliefs. Some may decide on abortion on demand throughout pregnancy, some may decide to ban abortion, and some will probably decide on something in between these two extremes, as the Canadian provinces and most European nations have done.

James Bockel, Indio

Calvert should not represent the Coachella Valley

Save our valley! We cannot let much of the Coachella Valley, including Palm Springs, turn into a red, right-wing political district (new 41st Congressional District).

Trump supporter and ultraconservative congressman Ken Calvert recently voted:

  • No on Securing Access to Abortion (HR 8297)

  • No to Assault Weapons Ban (HR 1808)

  • No on dealing with wildlife and drought resilience legislation that would include raises for hard-working firefighters (HR 5118)

  • No on Contraceptive Rights (HR 8373)

Not to Republican Ken Calvert this November. Yes to Democrat Will Rollins.

Rob Westwood, Rancho Mirage

In the midst of drought, the state must adopt limits to growth

California’s future water supply will never be able to sustain growth in both the housing market and the continued expansion and development of our agricultural lands along the central and northern coastal regions and specifically in the San Joaquin Valley. State government restrictions on expanding development must be adopted and enforced in order to preserve our future water supply.

David Ormiston, Palm Springs

Save America from Trump

Trump’s supporters hope he will be re-elected. Republicans are structuring their primaries for this very purpose.

If these Trump nominees make it through the November election, there’s no stopping Trump from declaring his candidacy in 2024. Republicans, be careful what you wish for. If you profess to love democracy, just wait to see how our democracy will disappear under Trump’s control.

He continues to push the Big Lie and this virus has grown from all the candidates that Trump supports. If Trump wins again, I believe we will lose the freedoms we took for granted.

His Supreme Court appointees have already weakened women’s right to choose and have already limited the EPA from trying to help our already eroding environment. What’s next on Trump’s agenda‚Ķour free press? Maybe even restructure our government?

I don’t think anything is off the table of what he could do. That’s why I say we need to “save America from Trump” by voting Democrat.

Roxie Bivinetto, Palm Desert

This article originally appeared in the Palm Springs Desert Sun: Letters: Kentucky needs potable tap water before sending water West

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