[Vision2020] Water Priorities, was Name of this list & re: water

Nils Peterson nils_peterson at wsu.edu
Mon Apr 24 09:01:40 PDT 2006

Maybe I missed some posts in this thread. I think it reasonable to conclude
that members of this list will have different priorities (see London and
Huskey) for water use. This discussion suggests that the list may also have
differing sense on how finite the water resource is, and how urgent it is to
address that finite nature.

So, we might discuss the proposition: Moscow's current water resource is
finite, that is, well water is not being replenished by surface rainfall at
a rate equal to current levels of use.

Moving to discussion of the merits of how the water resource should be used
in the absence of understanding our positions on the amount of the resource,
is likely to become confusing.

Message: 5
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2006 23:30:13 -0700
From: Melynda Huskey <melynda at moscow.com>
Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Re: Name of this list & re: Water
To: Bill London <london at moscow.com>
Cc: vision2020 at moscow.com
Message-ID: <4449CD75.5060903 at moscow.com>
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Bill London wrote:
> And therefore, I see no need to water the lawn at the Moscow Cemetery.  I
> have been to all the public cemeteries in Latah County.  Only a few are
> irrigated.  I do not think the beauty or reverence of the cemeteries are
> determined by irrigation.  I think this Council's special deal on cheap
> water for the cemetery is foolish.  The cemetery district officials should
> not have made that request.
I disagree with Bill and Ralph; while the dead may not know, and almost
certainly don't care, if the grass is green above them, I think it's a
civic duty to maintain cemeteries as green, pleasant, and peaceful
spots, with grass and tall, shady trees.

The older part of Moscow's cemetery is a lovely place to walk and
indulge in Wordworthian intimations of immortality; there are some very
fine examples of funerary art in the older gravestones, too.  The newer
part, with its ugly flat plaques and spindly trees spaced far, far
apart, is infinitely less appealing.

If I were ever to win the lottery (which I won't, because I won't play),
I'd endow the cemetery district with a million dollars on the condition
that they allow interesting headstones, tombs, and mausoleums again.

The golf course I couldn't care less about, but let the former citizens
of Moscow have a verdant resting place.

Melynda Huskey

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