CNN's Martin Savidge reports on a fight between the tiny town of Tombstone, Arizona, and the federal government over the town's right to repair their crucial water pipes.
Dear Mr. TVA: I must admit this is the best piece I have read in this Comments area, as it not prompts the reader towards the value of the concern(s), but also it allows the reader to digest some historical (and in this case, geographical) perspective, which then comes to a proper conclusion. -Logic, is something quite hard to find on the Internet (especially in a campaign year). Good On You Dear Sir. One hopes your request for expediency is granted.
First of all, I have to give Martin props for climbing in the Huachucas on a 100+ degree Sonoran afternoon. There's nothing quite like hot, dry AND thin air to get your lungs burning-and, trust me, those aren't the gentle, rolling mountains you have back east. Well done, sir. Oh, and you might want to consider a horse next time...
Having lived in that general vicinity for 30 years, give or take, the one dominate attribute of the desert is not the primordial silence, the stark, almost surreal, beauty of sunrise and sunset, nor the persistence, and plethora, of nature in the face of a most inhospitable host, the Sonoran Desert. The dominate attribute of this country is that it doesn't understand people, doesn't seem to like having us around and would really rather just kill us than look at us. If you live here for any amount of time, you quickly realize that ,if you wander out in the desert, you BETTER have a survival plan.
If you look at the town and cities in Arizona, they ALL rest at the base of a mountain range when the scant rainwater is easily collectable but Tombstone was not ever meant to be a settlement that made logical or climatic sense: it was positioned as it is, in the center of a valley floor with no water resource, because it was central to the ranches that surround it and was logical as a center of law enforcement and the administration of justice. That fact explains so much of its famous history, doesn't it?
When viewed from that paradigm, it makes sense that it would fall to the Federal government to maintain this town it created for it own expediency. While I agree that the unspoiled nature of the desert should remain for posterity, there must, also, be made allowances for the perpetuation of the souls brave enough to settle there. In around about way of saying, I believe a waiver would be in order, on this matter, allowing the temporary use of machinery to facilitate the contruction of the pipeline. Just do it quickly and get it over with.
Oh, yeah, to the people who think that it could without machinery, done with the application of enough hands: the Sonoran Desert is compressed, ancient sea-bottom and it is actually easier to dynamite through the sand-stone mountains that surround the desert than to drill through the concrete soil and granite rock of the valleys. FYI.
Next time the government wants to build an outpost, maybe they should ask the locals for some advise (but that would have been Cochise in those days)... All the Best, TVA
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