The coming drought?
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While everyone wrings his or her hands about “affordable housing” what are we doing about water? Where is all the water for the thousands of visitors that the travel council and chamber of commerce are begging to visit? How many of the part-time owners of motels and hotels realize that Cape Town, South Africa will no longer have potable water on May 1?

That is just the beginning of the planet’s water woes.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people have little or no access to potable water. Look at California’s’ drought. Remember Texas a few years ago — reservoirs down to almost empty for both states. Then fires hurricanes and mudslides follow.

How much does the climate have to change for some of these people to face reality?

The Bible (I’m no religious nut) has, among the seven deadly sins, greed and gluttony — and what is happening all over the world falls into these two categories.

I am not accusing the people of Moab. Those who are guilty know whom I refer to — shady real estate brokers, absentee landlords, nouveau riche motel owners, etc. And what do those elected to protect the ordinary citizen do? Issue endless building permits in old neighborhoods and farmlands, abolish parking on Main Street in the tourist shopping area (motels are covering the rest), count the profits and raise the property taxes.

And where do those taxes end up? Increased pay for government employees but not a word about water plans of the future. Where is it going to come from? What can we do to prevent permanent drought?

I have lived in Moab since 1990. My husband and I saw it as our ideal retirement home.

—Dorothy Hoffman

Moab

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