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As the wells run dry, Central Valley neighbors find common ground
As the wells run dry, Central Valley neighbors find common ground

When a man of 91 is downright cantankerous and has been on his land longer than most everyone else has been alive, he wastes no time speaking his mind. So after his new neighbor started sinking a well to plant a water-sucking almond orchard in the middle of the worst drought he'd ever seen, James Turner hurried over. "How deep you going to dig your well?" Five hundred feet, Davinder Singh told him. "My well is 300 feet. Why, you're going to take my water!" Singh, a man of gentle humor, gave no answer on that warm day last winter. Yet he took an instant liking to the fierce old man. Turner reminded him of his 85-year-old father back in India —...

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