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January 18, 2015


Susaan Straus

Another variable that is not to be underestimated is that it has only been since 1962-73 or so that land reform took place here. Up until then, regular people didn't really own land. The land belonged to the very wealthy - some of whom had received it ages ago from the King of Spain. They worked in what amounted to a feudal village for the "Patron" and never owned any land of their own. To this day, that feudal mentality effects people. There is a social split between the campesinos ( country people) and those that are historically privileged. Social class runs deep and hard. Every Chilean knows the names of the power families: Larain, Letelier, Irrarazaval, Magi, Montt, Prat, etc. Chile is one of the only 2 countries that has wider wealth inequality than the US. Point being, favoring the wealthy is the norm here - always has been.

K B Jones

In Florida there were/are questions of water management, contamination of the aquifer, over development, draining and mismanagement of the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. Rivers, lakes, springs, and sinkholes abound. The source for replenishment is limited to rain unlike other areas. This link says more about the situation: http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/lessons/water/water.htm
I am no expert but I do care about sustainability.
Thank you again for the post and telling us about what is happening in Chile.

Katherine Burton Jones

Your stories on the topic awakened a caring about environmental issues that I haven't felt for about 30 years when I worked for a regulatory agency and was so much closer to the issue that the pain of disregard for wetlands and water sources was palpable. I will add another comment about a wetland here in Texas where I am today and then more about Florida when I get back home. The issue of wealthy farmers and developers is so similar to my experience.

Katherine Burton Jones

Last fall I attended a fundraiser at the John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center. The website is:http://www.wetlandcenter.com/index.html. One can imagine that Texas like Florida has a great need for water management. One can imagine that those with wealth have greater control over how the resources are used. In this case there is care and giving back by one man's family. Please see "Water Conservation" and "East Fork Project" on the Wetlands website. Perhaps a project like this on could be replicated elsewhere.

Getting the word out as you are Paul is a great step. The pen, after all, is mighty!

Katherine Burton Jones

Water seems to be the topic this week as is should be daily. My niece just posted this on Facebook and it is relevant here: http://www.wetlandcenter.com/index.html

Carolyn Liesy

Good article. We are struggling with that here too on a more political level.

Mishy Lesser

this is so great, dear Paul. so glad you are turning your keen eye to this issue.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

This story hits home from respondents from Texas to Florida to California… and Watertown! Thanks to everyone.

Katherine Burton Jones

I am sorry that I posted the wrong link above. Please see the Penelope Cruz video: http://natureisspeaking.org/water.html

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