As a Wisconsin resident, I vow: The Southwest will never get our Mississippi River water

Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey will take place on Thursday, April 8th.
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I saw a letter to your newspaper recently that said the Mississippi water flow will fill Lake Powell in a year. Let's be really clear here. As a resident of Wisconsin, a state that borders the river, I want to say this will never happen.
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What states in the Southwest have not done is limit growth and agriculture, which is naturally water-driven. Measures to save water are implemented now because it is imperative.
We can't have our cake and eat it too. People think that they should be able to live anywhere, even if it's a desert environment. This drought has been going on for more than 20 years. I am sure that the Great Lakes will also be kept in mind.
Think again before any Southwestern states think they can source water from another part of the country.
Margaret Melville, Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Lupine Plaza's decision demonstrates the need for five parishes in Palm Desert
Despite objections and concerns from local businesses, the Palm Desert City Council appears determined to spend $4 million of general fund reserves to build a food, drink and special events space on Lupine Lane. No wonder the project is right on El Paseo, which appears to be the headquarters of four of the city council's five members. The residents of the rest of Palm Desert must be so proud that their tax dollars are going to another project to support this shopping district.
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I can't believe the rest of Palm Desert doesn't also need similar spaces for pedestrian plazas and use "high-end materials" for street parks to serve residents. Bad chances of studying for the rest of the city. With that one stretch of Palm Desert served by four council members, El Paseo will get what few feel it needs -- even if area business owners doubt its benefits.
Palm Desert requires five municipal districts so that every neighborhood can be heard and all local needs addressed. It's time for equal representation in Palm Desert.
David Middleton, Palm Desert
July 4th reminds me that we are a nation striving for freedom and justice for all
As we celebrate this 246th Independence Day, we are reminded that we Americans are an inclusive nation.
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This is America. With the exception of Native Americans, we are a nation of immigrants.
Yes, this is America, where the drafters of the Declaration of Independence declared, "We hold these truths for granted, that all human beings are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and the... pursuit of happiness.”
Additionally, our ancestors followed the Declaration of Independence with the Bill of Rights—specifically, the First Amendment, which guaranteed freedom of association, freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and the separation of church and state.
Our patriotism today is not narrow-minded nationalism that disregards the rest of the world. Nor is it a theocracy that would impose religious beliefs and morals on others. Our patriotism is love for the fatherland and for a democracy that honors diversity and freedom.
So when I say Happy Birthday America, I focus on the words in the promise "...with liberty and justice for all."
Charlie Ara, Palm Desert
This article originally appeared on the Palm Springs Desert Sun: As a Wisconsinite, I pledge the west will never have our Mississippi water

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