Fine us for government neglect?

07/10/2014 8:07 PM

07/11/2014 8:23 AM

Re "Emergency rules would add teeth to California water-conservation rules" (Business, July 9): We have another shortage, this time water, leading state regulators to propose fining us up to $500 per day for such offenses as overwatering lawns and washing driveways. Given that there are 2.5 million illegal immigrants residing in California, all of them using water, might we ask whether there is not really a shortage of water but rather a shortage of integrity on the part of politicians in government that has resulted in a population in excess of the numbers that the framers of our immigration system believed our resources could accommodate?

When government officials purposely and selfishly neglect to enforce the immigration laws, contrary to their enforcement obligations under the state and federal constitutions, how can it be fair for government to penalize honest people for continuing to use water in the traditional manner?

-- Steve Serra, Mission Viejo

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