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Troubled waters.

So now the fool environmentalists want to turn the Los Angeles River into a real river--with water ("The Same River Twice," November/December). That's a nifty idea, but the cost would be outrageous. Couldn't we use the funds elsewhere and receive more benefits? In addition, a real river running through populated sections of Los Angeles could pose a safety problem, especially for children.

I, too, would like to see a green, lazy ol' river meandering through L.A. But the city has skyscrapers and a real downtown--all the accoutrements of a world-class metropolis. Sad to say, there just may not be any room left for the kind of river environmentalists dream about.


Lauderhill, Florida

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Title Annotation:Backtalk
Author:Bluestone, Fred
Publication:Mother Jones
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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