Yes, let's import water for the Salton Sea — but from the Pacific Ocean

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Several birds forage and fly near a rocky outcropping on the southern end of the Salton Sea in 2005.
Several birds forage and fly near a rocky outcropping on the southern end of the Salton Sea in 2005.

Re: Feliz Nunez's Sunday Valley voice on importing water for the Salton Sea.

Right on, Ms. Nunez.  What are we waiting for?

The underground Delaware Aqueduct was constructed between 1939 and 1945 (wartime) and supplies New York City with 50-80% of its water.  It is 85 miles long, the world’s longest tunnel.

I understand that it is about 75 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Salton Sea. Underground!  No worries about Mexican property rights, jurisdiction or international friction that might result from an overland import via canals from the Sea of Cortez.  Across Southern California, there would be little disruption to existing U.S. highways, urban areas, agriculture or natural habitat.

Only massive amounts of water will permanently resolve the myriad of problems vexing the Salton Sea. The Pacific Ocean is rising and could use some drainage. Plus providing a water source for lithium extraction. Win, win, win.

This is one of the projects being evaluated by UC Santa Cruz. I’m rooting for this one.  What are we waiting for?

Kay Wolff, La Quinta

SCOTUS should keep consistent

If the Constitutional Originalist judges of SCOTUS seek to overturn Obergefell (gay marriage), then they should be compelled to also overturn Virginia v. Loving (interracial marriage).  Assuming the Founding Fathers never contemplated gay marriage, they surely didn't envision interracial marriage either.

Brooke Wolford, Palm Springs 

A woman does not impregnate herself

So now the highest court in the land has made it clear that their quest is to overturn laws that protect the constitutional rights of the American citizenry in favor of political allegiance.

There should be no question about their intent moving forward; there is no constitutional right any of us experience that is safe from the myopic focus of those who have compromised sound legal judgment in favor of their party line.

Case in point: overturning Roe vs. Wade. The glaring omission to any of these draconian abortion laws several states have adopted, now sanctioned by the Supreme Court, is a man’s responsibility in impregnating a woman.

As such, these laws seek to hold women criminally responsible for seeking an abortion as well as those doctors who perform the termination. That’s it … men can continue to sow their sperm with immunity, and no consequence for their behavior that results in an unwanted pregnancy. A woman does not impregnate herself, but it is the woman, and the woman alone, who bears the brunt from the fallout of an unwanted pregnancy. What a sham!

Doris K. Reed, Palm Desert 

The radical right wing of our country is on a slippery slope

Strange Comment: Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court should revisit same-sex marriage. I wonder if he would agree that the court should revisit interracial marriage? The radical right wing of our country is on a slippery slope. We can look at history and see how this fanaticism played out in other countries.

Jerry Trussell, Palm Springs 

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