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Letters, Dec. 31

Splish splash

Splish splash, I was taking a bath

Long about a Saturday night, …

Thinking everything was all right.

— Bobby Darin/Murray Kaufman

It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a tub!

Can we engineer ourselves out of our drought?

Dowsers search for water — with no scientific evidence to support this sometimes-it-works method. Native American tribes try to induce precipitation with their rain dances.

Cloud seeding offers no scientific proof, and desalinization has many hurdles before it is widely available and cost effective.

Gov. Schwarzenegger once said, “Water is like our gold, and we have to treat it like that.” What about using our wastewater? It’s renewable.

Look at your water bill: The current rate takes into account the capital, maintenance, pumping needs, storage and deliverance. Cost too high? I want water, turn on the tap — I get drinkable, safe water.

Let’s compare this with your cable bill. Which bill is higher? Are you getting a good deal from your city?

Please watch on SOCAN YouTube channel, “After the summer of ’21” to see the real cost of water. Did you know there is an annual World Water Day? March 22, “making the invisible visible.”

Louise D. Shawkat

Ashland

Roberts is wrong

As usual, Commissioner Colleen Roberts is in error in suggesting people pay for COVID vaccines.

Unvaccinated people who are straining our hospitals and causing the doctors and nurses extreme fatigue and stress and preventing folks with non-COVID needs from getting care should be paying for their own care.

Char Hersh

Ashland