Re A parched valley (Page A1, Jan. 5): The Sacramento Bee produced a great article on the decline of the Owens River Valley. It spotlighted the impact of greed and politics on choosing one community over another. Residents of California should keep in mind that ignoring history results in a repeat. Gov. Jerry Browns plan to divert water from the north, under the guise of environmental concerns, is a thinly veiled effort to get more water to Southern California. The water commission, which devised this farce, excluded any mountain water districts, where our water comes from. It avoids input from these districts, in an effort to reduce water available to the north in favor of providing for the south state. Sound familiar? This is a revamped effort to re-institute Brown's failed peripheral canal plan of the 1970s. The plan stank then, and this new odor is twice as bad.
-- U.S. Navy Capt. Steve Miller, Cool