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Dear South Georgia: We want your water

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POSTED: November 7, 2007 5:00 a.m.

In a recent column, Bill Shipp wrote about Atlanta’s thirst for water reaching deep soon into South Georgia’s resources. Friday night, an ill-timed public hearing held in Valdosta was supposed to give South Georgians the feeling that they actually have a say-so in what happens to our natural water supplies.

Gov. Sonny Perdue’s temper tantrums against the Army Corps of Engineers, the state of Florida and anyone else associated with not giving into his demands continued through the weekend, with meetings at Lake Lanier and declaring northern Georgia a disaster area Saturday to further enforce what everyone else has long known — Atlanta is a greedy, poorly designed behomoth of a city incapable of hearing the word "no" and dealing with it.

The wasteful ways of Atlantans continued through the past decade of severe drought in the state. The water restrictions meant little to them "up there" as they had plenty of water at the time, while rural Georgia and farmers were watching their crops burn in their fields, listening as Atlanta politicians who apparently do think their food originates in a grocery store passed policies designed to prevent them from accessing the water literally beneath their feet.

These same politicians can’t bring themselves to tell their greedy constituents complaining about the low flows in their toilets this week that perhaps if they didn’t have six bathrooms, it might ease the situation a bit. That watering your lawn isn’t as important as watering crops. Or that their greedy overbuilding has taxed their supplies of natural resources beyond their capabilities.

However, all of that requires a degree of common sense and we’ve seen precious little of it from any politician in this state this year. So South Georgia, watch out. What Atlanta wants, Atlanta gets, and right now, they want our water. If our legislative delegation wakes up, perhaps they can have the state agree to at least let us keep what falls from the sky, even while they suck our ground, and our pockets, dry.

 

– Valdosta Daily Times

 

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