I am wondering when (or if) The Independent editorial staff will have buyer’s remorse over its astounding position against Measure P and what a reversal might take. How about recent evidence of illegal injection by the oil industry of billions of gallons of contaminated fracking waste water into Central California aquifers (look up Center for Biological Diversity); bad enough in itself, but during a record drought? Or maybe the multiple weekly mailings of slick, four-color brochures misrepresenting the contents of the measure, the latest ones touting The Independent‘s stand (and no, they did not mention your ambivalence or soul-searching)? No thoughts about where all that money is coming from and who stands to gain — and who stands to lose — from suppressing this measure?

It is said that the perfect is the enemy of the good. Your editorial cited potential lawsuits as reason for your stand; how is that worse than the certainty of what we can already see that some companies are willing to do for profit? They might get a fine and just budget it into the business plan; we will be left with decades of cleanup, if indeed such damage can be cleaned up.

Didn’t see that coming? I guess the rest of us will just have to decide which vote will get us further and closer to protecting the precious and limited resources of water and air in our county. I say, it’s “yes” on Measure P.


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