Politicians Failed to Fight Drought

Several years ago, when government officials first started talking about California's severe drought, I turned a deaf ear. How could I take what they said seriously when every other day they were approving the construction of new homes?

During the last few years, I actually increased my water consumption while many of my dumb neighbors cut back. Why? Because I realized that when things got really bad (but not that bad to halt the construction of new homes), homeowners would be forced to reduce their water consumption based on a previous year's use.

I wanted to make sure that my previous year was high enough so that when I was forced to reduce, I'd still be able to do all the things I like to do.

If the politicians had stopped new construction once the drought became apparent, I would have done my part. They didn't. So, I didn't either!

MARCY BAXLER, Huntington Beach

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